Embolization Treatment

Can you Survive a Ruptured Brain Aneurysm? Part 2of3

When a Cerebral Aneurysms ruptures it can be sudden and with little or no wa 00004000 rning. One minute everything is fine and then everything goes bad. The worst part is it does not make any difference where you are, or what you are doing.

Some of the immediate systems are:
1. A severe headache
2. Your vision blurs
3. You lose conscious

Your chances of survival are increased the faster you get treatment for this type of injury. It may sound cryptic, but your chances are a matter of luck. You stand a pretty good chance of suffering minimal damage if you are very lucky. I was very lucky.

A Note: Early diagnosis is vital. A simple MRI can detect a possible problem forming in your head. Insist that your doctor setup an MRI exam if you suffer from severe or constant headaches. My aneurysm was about the size of a grape and would have been easily detected by an MRI long before it ruptured.

A ruptured brain aneurysm leaks blood into the spinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord causing a chemical reaction in the blood and the surrounding areas of the brain. This type of a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, also known as a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is one of the causes of the severe headaches.

How The Ruptured Hole Is Plugged

Detachable Coil Embolization

Treatment for a brain injury of this type depends a great deal on the severity, and location of the injury. A relatively new procedure called aDetachable Coil Embolizationa using aGuglielmi Detachable Coilsa (GDC) will be used if access to the damaged area can be easily reached by feeding a probe to the area through a main artery. This eliminates the need of opening the skull to gain access to the aneurysm.

Radiologist inserts a tube, called a catheter, into an artery in the leg. They feed the catheter up through the body to the damaged area of the aneurysm. Once in position, a number of small coils are fed through the catheter into the aneurysm. The body responds by forming a blood clot around the coil blocking off the aneurysm.

The detachable coils are little wires that are easily formed into coiling wires. A series of these wires are placed into the affected area and formed into a ball that plugs the hole in the artery.

Try and form this picture in your mind. A glob of worms, 10,15,20 worms, group together forming a tangled mass of worms. This is essentially what a aDetachable Coila looks like when the doctor completes the task of forming the coils into a plug.


Placing a surgical clip at the neck of a ruptured aneurysm is considered a more traditional way to stop the bleeding from the ruptures area. The highest risk, in my opinion, is that the skull must be opened to gain access to the damaged area.

There is about a 35% risk of the clipped area to start bleeding again within the first two weeks of an injury. This makes it extremely important that surgery is preformed within 72 hours from the time of the rupture. This lessens the risk of the aneurysm bleeding.


Physical and mental damage usually occurs whether the ruptured aneurysm is repaired with coils or clips. The effects are very similar to what a stroke victim suffers.

The recovery process can take months or even years to restore, what is hopefully, normal everyday functions.

A Note: My aneurysm burst 5 years ago. I am still working to regain some physical abilities; some will never be restored.

Part 3 will cover some of the problems that are encountered and ways that I have used to overcome the disabilities.

About the author: Richard Tolar is the survivor of a ruptured Cerebral Aneurysm. Get a FREE Subscription to the “Health News Journal” newsletter and discover how and why herbal medications can be better than prescription drugs.

Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/can-you-survive-a-ruptured-brain-aneurysm-part-2of3-94554.html

Frequently Asked Questions

    Is the Uterine Fibroid Embolization treatment available for the uninsured and the low income?
    I’m very interested in knowing where I could go to get this treatment in the CA area.

    • ANSWER:
      I would talk to you doctor about that and do some research about it.

    How long after a varicocele Embolization treatment will the Varicocele dissapear?
    I had the operation done 2 weeks ago and have seen some changes but there are still very big veins. How long should i expect until these veins are all mostly gone?

    • ANSWER:
      If they just removed an embolism it may not really get that much smaller unless they did something to reduce the faulty valves in your spermatic veins. I am sure they did. You still have some swelling from the surgery. If you’re not noticing any changes in 2-3 weeks you need to ask the doctor. Make sure your keeping things cool down there so you can reduce the swelling.

    varicocele embolization treatment in malaysia?
    im 21 and has had swollen testicle vein on my left testicle since i was 14, . looking throught the internet, i suspect that i may have had a varicocele as all the symptoms described match mine.
    further looking on treatments available, i come across to varicocele embolization. i tried to seek the mentioned treatment through the web, but fail to find any information as to where such treatment available in malaysia, i am wondering if this treatment even available here.

    i hav yet to set an appointment with a urologist. as i am totally clueless(i never consult a urologist before in my life), i am deedply in need for advise. may anyone who has had been through the same experience please advise me.

    thank u.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, that’s new to me.

    Does anyone know if you will loose your hair after one treatment of a chemo embolization for liver cancer?

    My Dad has liver cancer, he has been given one chemo emolization and we do not go back to hospital until January when he will have another CT scan. Therefore it is only one treatment he has had and I wondered would his hair fall out > It is three weeks today since he had the chemo ?? thank you

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the type of chemotherapy being used . . but in general chemoembolization does not often ’cause’ hair loss. This is because chemoembolization is a process where chemo is targeted and placed directly into the blood vessels feeding the tumor. This is unlike regular chemotherapy which is systemic and goes through the whole body. Chemoembolization is isolated to the tumor area.


      If it has been three weeks than your father will probably keep his hair for this round anyway. . and may never lose it with this type of treatment at all.

    Do I need treatment for my varicocele?
    I have quite large varicocele for few years already. I would like to hear experts’ opinion what I should do. I have not been to doctor yet. Is it necessary to treat it and what could happen if I do nothing?
    The best treatment is Varicocele Embolization, isn’t it? Would I have to pay for it or health insurance would cover the cost?

    • ANSWER:
      I would see a infertility urologist / specialist. Typically if the semen analysis comes back bad, or athrophy of the testicle is taking place they will suggest surgery from what i have read. From what I hear the embolization is not really the best approach. Its the least painful, quick recovery, but has higher rates of failure where you may have to go for a real surgical approach anyway. The micro-surgical approach if the surgeon is good is the failure rate is 1%, as opposed to 15-25% for embolization. Plus the increase in sperm count typically is that much higher. It does take longer to recoup and is more painful. The results are really the key.

      Do the research on the web I dont want to steer you either way. The only thing I can say for sure though is go to a fertility urologist. I put a link to a Dr. Marc Goldstein’s website it has the details on the micro-surgical approach.

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