Reasons for Procedure
- Brain aneurysm —a weakened blood vessel in the brain that collects blood and can bleed
- Vascular malformations —abnormal connections between arteries and veins (usually present at birth)
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- Numbness or tingling
- Speech disturbances
- Visual changes
- Confusion, memory loss
- Reaction to the anesthesia or contrast solution
- Blood clots
- Ruptured aneurysm during surgery
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam, blood and imaging tests
- Discussion of allergies, your medicines, recent illness or conditions, risks and benefits of the procedure
- Arrange for a ride home.
- The night before the procedure, do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
Discuss your medicines with your doctor. You may be asked to stop taking certain medicines, such as:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Anti-coagulants (blood thinners)
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- You will rest for several hours in bed.
- Your vital signs will be monitored.
- Rest for a few days.
- Clean the incision site with lukewarm water and mild soap. Use a soft wash cloth to gently wipe the incision area and keep it dry.
- Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water.
- Take medicine as directed.
- Engage in rehabilitative therapy as directed.
- Follow all of your doctor’s instructions.
Call Your Doctor
- Any changes in physical ability (eg, balance, strength, or movement)
- Any changes to mental status (eg, consciousness, memory, thinking)
- Weakness, numbness, tingling
- Signs of infection including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
- Changes in vision
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Nausea, vomiting
- Trouble controlling your bladder and/or bowels
- Shortness of breath or chest pain
- Loss of consciousness
The Brain Aneurysm Foundation http://www.bafound.org/
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
Brain Injury Association of Alberta (BIAA) http://www.biaa.ca/
Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada http://ww2.heartandstroke.ca/splash/
Center for Vascular Surgery (Hyman-Newman Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery). Embolizations. Hyman-Newman Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery website. Available at: http://neuro.wehealny.org/endo/proc%5Fembolizations.asp . Accessed June 2, 2010.
Neff D. Brain Aneurysm. EBSCO Patient Education Reference Center. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/thisTopic.php?marketID=16&topicID=1034 . Published May 1, 2010. Accessed June 2, 2010.
Radiological Society of North America. Catheter embolization. Radiological Society of North America website. Available at: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=cathembol . Accessed June 2, 2010.
The Toronto Brain Vascular Malformation Study Group. Endovascular (Embolization) Treatment of aneurysms. The Toronto Brain Vascular Malformation Study Group website. Available at: http://brainavm.oci.utoronto.ca/malformations/embo%5Ftreat%5Faneurysm%5Findex.htm . Accessed June 2, 2010.
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 06/2013
- Update Date: 06/20/2013