Innovative device eradicates brain aneurysms

Unruptured Brain Aneurysms: Understanding the Seriousness of This Hidden Condition and a Breakthrough in Treatment

An unruptured brain aneurysm is a serious condition that affects more than six million people in the U.S., but most are unaware of it until it’s too late. Judy Sadler learned about her own aneurysm when she woke up with a bad nosebleed and high blood pressure, fearing she may have a stroke. An MRI revealed an unruptured brain aneurysm in the front part of her brain.

Neurointerventional surgeon Ian Kaminsky explains that when an aneurysm ruptures in the brain, the results can be devastating, with a high percentage of people dying or experiencing severe disability. Traditional surgery for aneurysms involves stents and coils, but a new nationwide clinical trial is testing the contour neurovascular system, which aims to block off the aneurysm without the need for these devices. The procedure is less invasive and has a quicker recovery time.

Judy was back at work just three days after her procedure, feeling better and more active. Research on the contour device is expected to continue for a few more years before seeking FDA approval. The goal is to enroll 200 patients across the country to study the effectiveness of the device in treating brain aneurysms. The hope is that this device will offer a new, safer option for those who may be at risk of a ruptured aneurysm.

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