Meet an aneurysm patient and hear from highly regarded specialists about treatment options for aneurysms, a potentially deadly brain condition. A Live webcast from the HealthEast Neurovascular Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota is scheduled for Tuesday, August 1 at 4:00 pm central time zone via the Internet at www.or-live.com.
Join Eric Nussbaum, MD, Director of HealthEast Vascular Neurosurgery, and Michael Madison, MD, Director of HealthEast Interventional Neuroradiology, as they host the hour-long webcast from St. Joseph's Hospital. They will show you how specialists at the HealthEast Neurovascular Institute determine the best treatment for brain aneurysms, walk you through footage from previous surgeries and introduce you to a recent patient, a mother of five children.
The doctors will evaluate the patient's case and show you state-of-the-art treatment options for aneurysms called "clipping" and "coiling." During "clipping," the neurosurgeon opens the skull and separates the aneurysm from surrounding tissue. Then, a small titanium clip is placed around the base of the aneurysm so that blood can no longer flow into it. The surgeon drains the remaining blood, the aneurysm sac shrinks and the aneurysm should not return. "Coiling" is a newer, less invasive form of surgery, which does not require opening of the skull. The interventional neuroradiologist threads a fine wire into a catheter, which is inserted into the patient's groin and guided up to the brain and into the aneurysm. The wire twists into small coils and causes the aneurysm sac to clot.
An aneurysm occurs when the wall of an artery weakens. When this occurs, blood pushes on the thinned spot of the wall, causing that part of the arterial wall to swell out like a balloon. The more the wall swells, the thinner it becomes. If left untreated, the wall of the artery will become thinner and may burst.
The hour-long webcast is Live and interactive. You can have your questions answered during the Live webcast by the physicians and a recent aneurysm patient.
Visit http://www.or-live.com/HealthEast/1449 now to learn more and view a program preview.
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