Brain Aneurysm

Interventional Neuro Associates

Endovascular Neurosurgical Radiologists located in East Hills, NY & Kings County, Brooklyn, NY

The expert physicians at Interventional Neuro Associates, serving the greater New York and New Jersey areas at their offices in East Hills and Brooklyn, New York, are leaders in the field of neurosurgery and neuroradiology. When it comes to treating men and women with brain aneurysms, the doctors handle emergency interventions in their own state-of-the-art facility as well as at several area hospitals. To learn more about brain aneurysms and their treatment, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.

Brain Aneurysm Q & A

What is a brain aneurysm?

A brain aneurysm is an abnormal bulging or “ballooning” of an artery in the brain that’s caused by thinning artery walls. Most brain aneurysms show no signs or symptoms unless they leak or put pressure on adjacent sensitive brain areas. They’re also sometimes discovered during testing for another condition.

Brain aneurysms can develop from aging, smoking, high blood pressure (hypertension), and a variety of other risk factors. Brain aneurysms are more common in adults than children and happen to women more than men.

What are the symptoms of a brain aneurysm?

If a brain aneurysm puts pressure on the nerves in your brain, you’ll exhibit symptoms that may include:

  • A droopy eyelid
  • Changes in vision, such as double vision
  • Pain above or behind one eye
  • One dilated pupil
  • Numbness or weakness on one side of your face or body

When a brain aneurysm bursts, it’s a medical emergency and you should seek immediate medical attention. The symptoms of a burst brain aneurysm include:

  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Stiff neck
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Seizure
  • Confusion
  • Light sensitivity
  • Unconsciousness

The size, location, and several other factors make a difference in how your doctor at Interventional Neuro Associates treats your aneurysm.

How is a brain aneurysm treated?

A skilled neurosurgeon or neuroradiologist like those at Interventional Neuro Associates have options for treating brain aneurysms. Pipeline coiling is one of the less invasive treatment options.

For this procedure, your doctor inserts a catheter, a tiny hollow plastic tube, into an artery, often in the groin area, and threads it through your body to the aneurysm.

They guide a soft, platinum wire through the catheter to the aneurysm, so it coils up inside the “balloon” in your vein and disrupts blood flow. This causes your blood to clot and seals the aneurysm from the rest of the artery.

Stenting is another way the team at Interventional Neuro Associates treat brain aneurysms. Your doctor places a stent into the aneurysm in a similar way to the pipeline coil.

Like the coil, they thread a stent, which is also a tiny tube, through the catheter to the brain aneurysm. The stent expands to conform to the size of the artery wall and stays in place.

Stenting can stabilize an artery before or after the pipeline coil treatment. Often, the neurosurgical experts at Interventional Neuro Associates use pipeline coiling and stenting together for the most comprehensive brain aneurysm treatment option.

To learn more about treatment options and recovering from a brain aneurysm, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.