Brain Aneurysm Treatment Options
There are a number of options available for treating brain aneurysms. At MUSC, patients are offered state-of-the-art evaluation, diagnosis and treatment planning with a full team of multi-disciplinary experts. Treatments offered at MUSC use the most advanced technologies and in some cases are only available in a few select hospitals in the United States.
Almost all brain aneurysms can be treated by endovascular or open surgery methods, which means at MUSC aneurysm treatment center, you have options you can't find at most other hospitals in the South East.
Make an appointment today with one of the nation's leading stroke certified hospitals and aneurysm treatment centers to find out what ALL of your options are.
Endovascular brain aneurysm treatments (embolizations) are a minimally invasive technique in which a catheter is inserted into an artery over the hip, and it is steered up to the blood vessels in the brain. Through that catheter, very small platinum coils are placed into the aneurysm, causing it to clot off and therefore excludes it from the blood vessel. This is the least invasive approach and offers superior outcomes to the open surgical options. Several clinical trials have shown that embolization is better than open surgical clipping.
Keyhole Microsurgery is a small incision through the eyebrow, and through careful micro-surgery, the aneurysm is located and the clip is placed across the aneurysm, cutting it off from the rest of the blood vessel. This procedure is much less invasive than traditional open surgery and allows for faster recovery and better cosmetic results.
The newest method of treating select aneurysms is called Flow Diversion, using the Pipeline Embolization Device® . This device is placed in the blood vessel and diverts or prevents blood from flowing into the aneurysm. MUSC is one of the few aneurysm treatment centers in the country, and the ONLY hospital in South Carolina, that can offer this treatment. Our physicians are among the most experienced team in the United States with this new technology.
Traditional open surgery requires an incision on the side of your head from the ear to the top of your head, and then a small window is made in the bone, and through careful micro-surgery, the aneurysm is located and the clip is placed across the aneurysm, cutting it off from the rest of the blood vessel.