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Brain Aneurysm Surgery Survival Rate
I am a 27 years old female with a 3 cm unruptured brain aneurysm. Whar are my chances of survival without a surgery?
I have a brain aneurysm 8ml, I'm terrified. I am afraid of surgery and afraid it may also burst anytime. I don't have bloodpressure, don't smoke?
Aneurysm: Certainly, an aneurysm can be terrifying. An 8mm aneurysm is large and should be treated at your age. It may be able to be treated endoscopically by placing little coils into it through a catheter threaded up through your groin. The other alternative is surgery which is what I do. It depends on the position of the aneurysm. Discuss this with an endovascular neurosurgeon. ...Read more
Depends: In the correct hands, brain aneurysm surgery is less risky than it used to be 20 years ago. Unfortunately, all brain aneurysm surgeries (clipping or coiling) carry a risk for stroke and hence cannot be classified as "safe" surgeries. They are moderate to high risks surgeries depending on the size of the aneurysm and the health of the patient. Ask your doctor for details. ...Read more
Will I need surgery for a brain aneurysm? What's the typical method of treatment for brain aneurysms?
My friend underwent 13 hour surgery to clip his brain aneurysm two weeks ago. He stroked twice during surgery and once in recovery. Prognosis???
Depends: Depends on where and what is involved/size etc. Also other comorbidities/age, etc. ...Read more
Had brain surgery for an unruptured brain aneurysm 5 weeks ago. (coiled) when can I resume my sex life and also go to the gym. Thanks?
Soon: But get a better answer from your interventionalists or neurosurgeon since they know your anatomy specifcally. ...Read more
I have a physically disabled son/angry abusive husband. Lot's of stress. Had surgery on unruptured brain aneurysm 3 months. Will this affect my coils?
Abusive husband: Living with an abusive, angry husband is not safe even without a brain aneurysm or surgically placed coils. There is help for you in counseling/psychotherapy -- to help deal with your stress and explore your options. There's also direct support for those in your situation plus shelters that you could go (along with your son) to if this is what you decide to do. Http://tinyurl. Com/nz2ad. ...Read more
If you had surgery for un-ruptured brain aneurysm do you have to follow up with a CTA 2 months later or is there something less invasive?
Discuss with your MD: You should discuss this with the doctor who performed your procedure. If these symptoms are new and depending on the location and size of the aneurysm then they could indicate possible problems or unanticipated effects of the procedure and may require treatment. It is impossible to give a simple general answer though as this depends on a number of factors that your surgeon knows best. ...Read more
I had mild vasospasm 3 days after coiling of an unruptured brain aneurysm. Will this show up on an mra? Its been 5 months since my surgery. Thanks
Yes: Most likely the vasospasm will have resolved after this period of time. If you are not having symptoms you may not need further tests. Other options to evaluate vasospasm include the use of transcranial dopplers. Ask your neurosurgeon if this is a viable option for you. ...Read more
Have to wait months for brain CT angio & surgery for brain aneurysm (8mm) if I rest more will it reduce it bursting? Plus take valium, thanks
Aneurysm: If you are actively exercising and having stress, your blood pressure will physiologically rise. Higher blood pressure especially pulse pressure increases radial wall stress in blood vessels. This can increase your chances of rupturing the aneurysm. While you needn't become a vegetable, neither should you be exercising vigorously or experiencing lots of stress. ...Read more
My mother had an unruptured brain aneurysm in april. Right frontal lobe. It was coiled and had a stint put in. She started having seizures today. She has had fainting spells since the surgery but not often, only 4 times. She has had three seizures today t
Seizures: Your mom needs to be evaluated if that hasn't already been done. Have her see her Doc and get an explanation of what's going on ...Read more
Had unruptured brain aneurysm coiled 6 months ago. Had visual swirls/zig zags which settled now happening again. Told its focal migraine after surgery?
Since coiling of brain aneurysm on right carotid artery, I had 3 tia's weeks after surgery. 6 months has past, but I'm scared of having a major stroke?
I am worried about taking 75mg aspirin 6 months after coiling of unruptured brain aneurysm. I had tias after surgery) incase of stomach or brain bleed?
Should be okay: I agree with the other docs who have answered this question. Doesn't say where you're from, but if you're in Europe I understand your concern: European docs are much more nervous about aspirin than US docs & try to use lower doses. However, the European Stroke Study showed that a dose in the 75-mg range provides a typical degree of prevention without appreciably increasing bleeding complications. ...Read more
Depends on her/hosp: This depends on her deficits, the hospital that is caring for her, and if they are staffed with an experienced interventionalist, a neurosurgeon and a critical care unit experienced in aneurysm care. These latter elements are critical in the ultimate outcome of aneurysm patients. If the hospital that is currently taking care of her doesn't have all of the above, demand transfer to one that does. ...Read more
Shouldn't 3 1/2 months be enough of being on plavix (clopidogrel) post surgery for coiling a cerebral aneurysm?
Discuss with MD: Your neuro-radiologist or neurosurgeon probably has a good reason for you to be on this, however, you should check with them. ...Read more
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