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Reasons for Procedure
- Brain aneurysm—a weakened blood vessel in the brain that collects blood and can bleed
- Splenic artery aneurysm—a weakened blood vessel that may cause the spleen to rupture
- Vascular malformations—abnormal connections between arteries and veins (usually present at birth)
- Gastrointestinal tract bleeding
- Uterine fibroids
- Varicocele and varicose veins
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- General complications may include:
- Blood clots
- Reaction to the anesthesia or contrast solution
- Ruptured aneurysm during surgery
- Complications of treating brain lesions may include:
- Numbness or tingling
- Speech disturbances
- Visual changes
- Confusion, memory loss
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam, blood and imaging tests
- Discussion of allergies, your medications, recent illness or conditions, risks and benefits of the procedure
- Pictures of the blood vessels to be treated may be taken with
- Arrange for a ride home.
- The night before the procedure, do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
- Discuss your medications with your doctor. You may be asked to stop taking certain medications.
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 in bed.
- Your vital signs will be monitored.
- 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
- Physical or rehabilitative therapy
- Following your doctor's instructions
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 cannot be controlled with the medications you've been 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
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2016
- Update Date: 05/29/2014