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Reasons for Procedure
|An aneurysm is a weakened blood vessel in the brain that collects blood. The bulging, blood-filled pocket can put pressure on parts of the brain, pressing on nearby nerves. This can cause symptoms or cause the blood vessel to rupture (hemorrhage).|
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- Numbness or tingling
- Speech disturbances
- Visual changes
- Confusion, memory loss
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Kidney damage
- Blood clots
- Ruptured aneurysm during surgery
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure (Non-emergency Surgery)
- Physical exam, blood and imaging tests
- Discussion of allergies
- Discussion of medications you are taking, including over-the-counter and herbal supplements
- Discussion of recent illness or other conditions
- Discussion of risks and benefits of treatment options
- Imaging tests (ultrasound, CT scan , MRI scan , or angiogram) may be done. Bring paperwork and scans to the hospital as directed.
- Arrange for a ride home.
- Fasting—No food or drink after midnight the night before the procedure.
- Discuss your medications with your doctor. You may be asked to stop taking certain medications before your procedure.
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.
- Nurses will monitor your vital signs.
- 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
Cerebral aneurysm. American Association of Neurological Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.aans.org/en/Patient%20Information/Conditions%20and%20Treatments/Cerebral%20Aneurysm.aspx. Updated August 2009. Accessed May 29, 2014.
NINDS cerebral aneurysm information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral%5Faneurysm/cerebral%5Faneurysms.htm. Updated April 16, 2014. 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.
Treatment of brain aneurysms. The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation website. Available at: http://www.taafonline.org/ba%5Ftreatment.html#ba%5Fclipping. Accessed May 29, 2014.
Williams LN, Brown RD Jr. Management of unruptured aneurysms. Neurol Clin Pract. 2013;3(2):99-108.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014
- Update Date: 05/29/2014