How We Can Help You
A brain aneurysm (cerebral aneurysm) is weakening in the wall of an artery that supplies blood to the brain. This weakening results in an abnormal widening or ballooning of the artery and increases the risk for a rupture and hemorrhage.
Treatment at an academic medical center which manages a high volume of brain aneurysms is important for the best outcomes.
Stanford has managed thousands of brain aneuryms and is at the forefront of developing new, minimally invasive procedures that treat the aneurysm from inside the blood vessel.
WHAT WE OFFER YOU FOR BRAIN ANEURYSM (CEREBRAL ANEURYSM)
- Globally-recognized expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of brain aneurysm
- Team-based treatment planning that brings together specialists from neurosurgery, neuroradiology, and more.
- Advanced treatment options that use tiny catheters to perform minimally invasive procedures inside the blood vessel.
- Comprehensive support services to help you with your specific symptoms and the challenges of this experience.
- An active clinical research program dedicated to broadening options for the diagnosis and treatment of brain aneurysm.
- Assistance from our International Medical Services team to plan your travel and accommodations.
Treatment Options for Brain Aneurysm (Cerebral Aneurysm)
Emergency treatment for people whose aneurysms have ruptured and bled generally includes reducing pressure in an around the brain and restoring a normal breathing rhythm, followed by endovascular or surgical treatment. Other therapy may include bed rest, drug therapy, or hypertensive-hypervolemic therapy. Since each brain aneurysm is different, treatment is determined through careful consideration by your care team based on several factors, including; your age, overall health, extent of your condition, and your tolerance for certain medications.
This surgery involves placing a tiny metal clip around the base of the aneurysm to isolate it from normal blood circulation. This decreases the pressure on the aneurysm and prevents it from rupturing.
During this procedure, a small tube is inserted into the affected artery and positioned near the aneurysm. You surgeon may place either a soft metal coils (coil embolization) or a fine mesh stent (mesh embolization) to support artery walls, open them to reduce blood flow, and make the aneurysm it less likely to rupture. These procedures are less invasive than surgery.
This procedure reroutes blood flow around a blood vessel that has been compromised by a significant aneurysm.
If you have an aneurysm with a low risk of rupture, you and your doctor may choose to closely monitor your condition and avoid the risks of surgery. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking or managing high blood pressure, to keep your blood vessels as healthy as possible.
Clinical Trials for Brain Aneurysm (Cerebral Aneurysm)
Clinical trials evaluate new approaches, devices, or medications in the treatment of brain aneurysm. Ask your doctor or clinical trials coordinator about available trials that may be additional options for your care.
To learn more about the clinical trials we offer, contact Maria Coburn at 650-736-9551.