Medical Breakthroughs Reported by Click here to go to the homepage.
Be the First to Know. Click here to subscribe FREE!
Search Reports: Use quotation marks around your multi-word search terms in the box below to perform search of
Advances in health and medicine.Use " marks around search terms
What's New
News Flash
  Alternative Health
Asthma & Allergies
Breast Cancer
Cardiovascular Health
Children's Health
Dental Health
Fertility & Pregnancy
Men's Health
Mental Health
Multiple Sclerosis
Neurological Disorders
Nutrition & Wellness
Pet Health
Seniors' Health
Sports Medicine
Women's Health
Advances in health and medicine.
Click here to sign up for Medical Alerts!
Click below to access other news from Ivanhoe Broadcast News.
  Click here to get Ivanhoe's Medical Headline RSS feed Click here to listen to Ivanhoe's Medical Podcasts
Useful Links
Play It Again, Please
E-Mail a Friend
Order Books Online
Inside Science
Smart Woman
Advances in health and medicine.
Smart Woman Home
Click here to read the story
Click here to read the story
Click here to read the story
Smart Woman Home
Advances in health and medicine.
Click below to learn about Ivanhoe.
About Us
Contact Us
Ivanhoe FAQ
Our TV Partners
Travel Calendar
Advances in health and medicine.
Ivanhoe celebrates 20 years of medical news reporting reaching nearly 80 million TV households each week. Click here to learn more...
Advances in health and medicine.
Marjorie Bekaert Thomas
Advances in health and medicine.
General Health Channel
Reported December 29, 2011

New Device Seals off Wide Neck Brain Aneurysms

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Before now, the only way to treat a wide-neck aneurysm was to undergo brain surgery. A novel device approved by the FDA made it possible to close wide-neck aneurysms that press against the optic nerve in the eye without risks, pain and longer recovery of major surgery.

Aneurysms, weak areas of arteries that balloon out, can have catastrophic brain-damaging and life-threatening consequences if they burst. With very small aneurysms, the risks of intervention may be greater than the chances of rupture; therefore, these may be monitored over time. For most aneurysms that pose a threat, two main treatment options exist: In an open-brain operation, surgeons may place a metal clip at the neck of the aneurysm to close it, or surgeons or neurointerventionalists may use the minimally invasive route to fill the aneurysm with platinum coils.

"Large and wide-neck aneurysms have presented a special challenge because the base of the ‘balloon’ is very broad. The coils would just pop back out of the aneurysm and potentially block the artery," Alexander, professor and clinical chief of the Department of Neurosurgery and director of the Neurovascular Center at Cedars-Sinai, was quoted as saying. "In recent years, we’ve used stents – called vascular remodeling devices – to keep coils in the aneurysm and out of the artery, but the Pipeline device virtually eliminates the need for coiling in some cases and may be an option in instances where coiling has failed."

The tube-like Pipeline stent is placed in the artery to cover the aneurysm, maintain blood flow through the artery and provide a mesh scaffold for blood vessel cells to grow and form a permanent, stable seal.

"With the Pipeline, we have already seen cases where the aneurysm not only is effectively treated, but the aneurysm may actually shrink away, taking pressure off the surrounding nerves and brain," Alexander noted.

"Dr. Alexander said, ‘I do open-brain surgery and I do coiling, but my first choice is the less-invasive treatment. We can go in, fix what we can with coiling or stents, and we can always step up to open-brain surgery if we need to.

SOURCE: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Press Release, December 2011

To Receive Med Alerts all year click here.

Related Articles in Latest Medical News:

[ Back to General Health Channel Home ]

Stay up to date on General Health. We can notify you every time there is a medical breakthrough. Click here to sign up.
Most Recent Videos
Your Baby DVD
What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

Happier Woman DVD
25 ways to reduce stress

Forever Young DVD
25 ways to lose 10 years

Feel Good Again DVD
25 ways to STOP THE PAIN

If a treatment you read about here helps you, let us know...Click here!!

Follow Us On:

Click here to go to Ivanhoe's Twitter page Click here to go to Ivanhoe's Facebook page Click here to go to Ivanhoe's YouTube page

Do you know if you are height-weight proportional?

Find out your Body Mass Index (BMI).

Click Here


How safe are your dietary supplements?

Click here to find out with the FDA's list of supplements and drug interactions.

Home | What's New | News Flash | Search/Latest Medical News | E-Mail Medical Alerts!
Ivanhoe FAQ | Privacy Policy | Our TV Partners | Awards | Useful Links | Play It Again, Please
RSS Feeds | Advertising/Sponsorships | Content Syndication | Reprints

Advances in health and medicine.
Copyright © 2016 Ivanhoe Broadcast News, Inc.
2745 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32789
(407) 740-0789

P.O. Box 865
Orlando, Florida 32802

Premium Content in Latest Medical News Denotes Premium Content in Latest Medical News