It can be overwhelming to learn that you have a brain aneurysm, but there are a number of effective treatment options available. Your doctor may recommend endovascular coiling to treat your aneurysm, which is a minimally invasive procedure.
Endovascular coiling requires the insertion of a catheter into the femoral artery in the leg. Your doctor will use real time X-ray guidance to navigate the catheter through your blood vessels and into the aneurysm. Soft platinum coils are then threaded through the catheter and inserted into the aneurysm. These coils conform to the shape of your aneurysm, fill the sac, and block blood flow to prevent the aneurysm from rupturing.
You will receive general anesthesia or light sedation for this procedure. Patients typically stay in the hospital for two to four days to prepare and recover. It might take you an additional week or so to recover at home. However, if your aneurysm is complicated, or if it has bled, your hospital stay may be longer.