A pipeline/coiling procedure blocks the blood flow to an aneurysm — a weakened area of an artery. Pipeline/coiling procedures are a relatively recent treatment option for brain aneurysms; the medical community began using this technique in 1991.
During the pipeline/coiling procedure, Dr. Farkas inserts a microcatheter, a tiny hollow tube, into an artery, often in your groin area, and threads it through your body to the artery with the aneurysm. He guides a soft, platinum wire through the catheter to the aneurysm so it will coil up inside the “balloon” in your vein and disrupt blood flow. This causes your blood to clot and seals the aneurysm from the rest of the artery.
The tiny coils stay in your body permanently to prevent the aneurysm from rupturing or leaking and causing further serious health complications. These coils are only about the size of a human hair. Dr. Farkas guides the coils through the catheter “pipeline” using a special type of X-ray imaging called fluoroscopy.
Stents are another treatment option Dr. Farkas and his colleagues use to treat men and women with aneurysms and atherosclerosis, commonly called hardening of the arteries. The doctors can place a stent in a vein in your body to widen the artery, or into a vein in your brain to stabilize an aneurysm. These skilled neurosurgeons put in a stent in a similar way to the pipeline/coiling procedure.
Stents can stabilize an artery before or after the pipeline/coiling treatment. Often, Dr. Farkas and the other neurosurgical experts at Interventional Neuro Associates use pipeline/coiling and stents together as a comprehensive treatment option for men and women who have aneurysms or atherosclerosis, or who have had a stroke.
To learn more about the pipeline/coiling and stent procedures that Dr. Farkas and the Interventional Neuro Associates team perform, call or schedule an appointment online.