Specialized Brain Aneurysm Treatment at Tampa General Hospital
Brain aneurysm treatment normally consists of administering medications to lower a stroke patient’s blood pressure, reduce the pressure on the brain, and help prevent seizures. Additionally, if there is severe internal bleeding, surgery may be performed to remove blood from the brain. Some procedures that may be recommended for brain aneurysm treatment include:
- Surgical clipping – This procedure consists of a small clamp being placed at the base of an aneurysm to restrict the blood flow and prevent it from re-bleeding or bursting.
- Surgical arteriovenous malformation removal – This procedure involves the removal of the abnormal connection between arteries and veins, which helps to reduce the risk of rupture or a subsequent stroke.
- Coiling – This procedure involves small coils being placed into the aneurysm to block blood flow into the aneurysm.
- Stereotactic radiosurgery – This minimally invasive procedure involves administering beams of radiation in order to mend a vascular malformation (abnormal cluster of blood vessels).
- Intracranial bypass – This procedure is the surgical bypass of an intracranial blood vessel in order to promote blood flow to a specific area of the brain.
A neurologist, along with a neurosurgeon or an interventional radiologist, determine which one of these brain aneurysm treatment options are most appropriate for a patient. Factors that they take into account when making a recommendation include the patient’s age and overall health, the size and location of the aneurysm, and any congenital condition that may increase the risk of a ruptured aneurysm. Furthermore, since smoking cigarettes or using recreational drugs may also increase the likelihood of a ruptured aneurysm, it’s important that patients inform their medical providers about these lifestyle choices.
Tampa General Hospital is a state-licensed comprehensive stroke center with one of the largest neuroscience intensive care units in the nation. With a team of stroke specialists available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, our center is able to perform quick diagnoses, specialized treatment, and comprehensive rehabilitation services for all stroke patients. Our hospital is equipped with the latest diagnostic technologies to help our team of experts act fast. If you believe you or someone around you is experiencing symptoms of a brain aneurysm, seek treatment immediately at the nearest comprehensive stroke center.