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
- Pictures of the blood vessels to be treated may be taken with
- Arrange for a ride home.
- The night before the procedure, do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
- Discuss your medications with your doctor. You may be asked to stop taking certain medications.
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.
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered.
- Washing your hands often and reminding your healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incision
- Resting when you need to
- Caring for the wound
- Physical or rehabilitative therapy
Call Your Doctor
- Any changes in physical ability, such as balance, strength, or movement
- Any changes to mental status, such as consciousness, memory, or 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 medications you were given
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Trouble controlling your bladder and/or bowels
- Pain, swelling, or cramping in your legs
- 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 Canada http://biac-aclc.ca
Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada http://www.heartandstroke.ca
Catheter embolization. Radiological Society of North America Radiology Info website. Available at: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=cathembol. Updated August 14, 2013. Accessed May 29, 2014.
Neff D. Brain aneurysm. EBSCO Health Library website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/healthLibrary. Updated May 2, 2014. Accessed May 29, 2014.
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 May 29, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/29/2014 -
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