A brain aneurysm occurs when a weakened blood vessel in the brain bulges and fills with blood, creating a potential risk of rupture. While not all aneurysms require surgical intervention, those that do demand a nuanced and highly specialized approach. In this blog, we’ll explore surgery for brain aneurysm, shedding light on the process and the path to recovery.
Why the Surgery for Brain Aneurysm
If an aneurysm in the brain breaks open (ruptures), it is an emergency that needs medical treatment in the hospital. Often a rupture is treated with surgery, especially endovascular surgery.
A person may have an unruptured aneurysm without any symptoms. This kind of aneurysm may be found when an MRI or CT scan of the brain is done for another reason.
- Not all aneurysms need to be treated right away. Aneurysms that have never bled, especially if they are very small (less than 3 mm at their largest point), do not need to be treated right away. These very small aneurysms are less likely to rupture.
- Your surgeon will help you decide whether it is safer to have surgery to block off the aneurysm before it can break open or to monitor the aneurysm with repeated imaging until surgery becomes necessary. Some small aneurysms will never need surgery.
Methods of Repair
There are two common methods used to repair an aneurysm:
- Clipping is done during an open craniotomy.
- Endovascular repair (surgery), most often using a coil or coiling and stenting (mesh tubes), is a less invasive and more common way to treat aneurysms.
Recovery and Rehabilitation
Recovery from brain aneurysm surgery is a gradual process that involves close monitoring, rehabilitation, and lifestyle adjustments. Patients may experience fatigue, headaches, and changes in cognitive function initially, but with time and proper care, many individuals regain their normalcy.
Who do brain aneurysms affect?
Brain aneurysms can affect anyone and at any age. But they’re most likely to affect people between the ages of 30 and 60. They’re also more common in women and people assigned female at birth than in men and people assigned male at birth.
Factors Influencing Recovery
After neurosurgery to treat a brain aneurysm, you will be moved to the intensive care unit (ICU) to recover. Recovery time and rehabilitation after surgery is different for each patient, and depends on several factors:
• Overall health
• Personal risk factors
• Size and location of the aneurysm treated
• Type of treatment received
In conclusion, navigating the complexities of brain aneurysm surgery involves a careful consideration of individual circumstances, advances in medical technology, and a commitment to postoperative care and rehabilitation. As we continue to unravel the mysteries of the human brain, the outlook for those facing brain aneurysms becomes increasingly optimistic.
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