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    Brain Aneurysm

    Treatment of Brain Aneurysms by Endovascular Coiling - Aneurysm Treatment

    Last summer (2008) my wife has diagnosed with an aneurysm thought to be behind her eye, and not that serious. If it would burst, her eye would swell up for a while. Yesterday she went back to U of I for a checkup, they did another brain scan, but this time she was hooked up with an IV, and some stuff was put in her veins to get a better look.

    A diff doctor looked at the results and determined that he is 90% sure the aneurysm is in fact in her brain. He recommended the:
    Minimally-Invasive Treatment
    Coil Embolization or Endovascular Coiling


    Has anyone had any experience with this treatment or know somone that has had it. If she doesnt do it, she may be fine the rest of her life, or it could burst at anytime and could have major complications. If she does do it, there is a 5% chance of complications, but best case it would be taken care of. We are definately going to get another opinion from somewhere. It makes us both nervous, but the DR was only 90% sure of where it was.

    The surgery is done on a Fri, spend one night, go home Sunday, and back to work Tues.





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    Re: Brain Aneurysm

    I wish you all the best luck. This cannot be easy for the two of you.



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    Re: Brain Aneurysm

    I know nothing about this - I just wish her well and hope for a speedy resolution/recovery.



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    Re: Brain Aneurysm

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    I wish you all the best luck. This cannot be easy for the two of you.
    thank you. The dr came in the room after reading the results, we had our son with us. The first thing he said was, "is he your only child?" not a great way to begin a conversation.


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    Re: Brain Aneurysm

    I hope all goes well for her and your family



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    Re: Brain Aneurysm

    good luck to you, her and your family.



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    Re: Brain Aneurysm

    My mother-in-law had an aneurysm burst in her brain 4 years ago. She was really lucky. The doctors in Des Moines were surprised she made it to the hospital. They Life-Flighted her to Iowa City. Initially they were going to do the coil. In her case they decided against it. Turns out, the guy who did her surgery, the head of the Neurology department, invented this coil procedure.

    I was completely impressed with everyone there. The doctors couldn't have been nicer. She was in SICU for over 3 weeks. After she got out she had some therapy to go through, but has made a full recovery.

    I had never had any interactions with that hospital before. That experience, while scary, couldn't have been better. She was treated well while she was there and they continue to treat her well for her yearly follow ups.

    I don't know much about that procedure, but I can't think of many places that would be better to have it done at.



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    Re: Brain Aneurysm

    Ive seen people have great things done for them from the coiling. Great luck to your family.



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    Re: Brain Aneurysm

    My wife had an AVM which is similar to what you are talking about. Only her's broke and she had surgery, she is fine now. Dr. Barini (sp.?) associated with Methodist Hosp. in DM was the brain surgeon, would highly recommend talking to him for a 2nd opinion.



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    Re: Brain Aneurysm

    Quote Originally Posted by 2020cy View Post
    My wife had an AVM which is similar to what you are talking about. Only her's broke and she had surgery, she is fine now. Dr. Barini (sp.?) associated with Methodist Hosp. in DM was the brain surgeon, would highly recommend talking to him for a 2nd opinion.
    Dr. Boarini, The Iowa Clinic.



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    Re: Brain Aneurysm

    Just read your message. Prayers go out to your wife, you and your family. Amazing what is being done.



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    Re: Brain Aneurysm

    I've heard of this procedure for embolis in the lungs and brain. It's a quick and easy fix but there is always a chance for something to go wrong. Best wishes to you and your wife on the procedure.


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    Re: Brain Aneurysm

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCy View Post
    My mother-in-law had an aneurysm burst in her brain 4 years ago. She was really lucky. The doctors in Des Moines were surprised she made it to the hospital. They Life-Flighted her to Iowa City. Initially they were going to do the coil. In her case they decided against it. Turns out, the guy who did her surgery, the head of the Neurology department, invented this coil procedure.

    I was completely impressed with everyone there. The doctors couldn't have been nicer. She was in SICU for over 3 weeks. After she got out she had some therapy to go through, but has made a full recovery.

    I had never had any interactions with that hospital before. That experience, while scary, couldn't have been better. She was treated well while she was there and they continue to treat her well for her yearly follow ups.

    I don't know much about that procedure, but I can't think of many places that would be better to have it done at.


    Check the Boston Scientific web site.



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    Re: Brain Aneurysm

    thank you all for your thoughts. we do have an appointment in Rochester with a specialist in a couple weeks, just for another opinion. I will keep you all updated.


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    Re: Brain Aneurysm

    We got back from our 2nd opinion appt at the Mayo Clinic. The Dr there isn't sure of the exact placement of the aneurysm. It could be in her cavernous sinus or in her brain. He wants to do an angiogram, which we scheduled for Nov 16. The angiogram is a procedure where they go thru the groin up to the neck. a catheter is placed in that whole way up. some dye is injected and that will tell us exactly where the aneurysm is. The Dr said we could do the coiling procedure if it is in her brain, with a 5% chance of complication. Or, he mentioned they are working on a diff procedure that should be available within 1-1 1/2 yrs, where a stent is placed where the aneurysm is and it will completely get rid of it. all in all, some encouraging news.


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