Aneurysms pose the greatest risk of stroke through bleeding but may also cause symptoms by compressing nerves, causing seizures or ministrokes. Treatment of aneurysms is aimed at excluding them from the circulation. For decades this was done using open surgical techniques that were very effective but can be difficult for patients to tolerate because of their inherently invasive nature. Recently the minimally invasive method of treatment called “coiling” has come to the forefront of aneurysm treatment. In 1995 the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the Guglielmi detachable coil (“coils”) used to treat aneurysms from inside the vessels. Coils are placed inside the aneurysm sac through a catheter that enters from a femoral (leg) artery. They work by blocking blood from flowing into the aneurysm sac and reduce the chance of bleeding.
Since the advent of coiling several adjunctive devices and techniques were developed to increase the safety and durability of the procedure. All currently approved methods of endovascular aneurysm treatment including the recently approved flow diverting Pipeline Endovascular Device are available and in use through our Endovascular Neuroradiology practice.
Radiology Associates of the Fox Valley
333 N. Commercial Street, Suite 100
Neenah, WI 54956