Aneurysms are relatively rare, but they can have a drastic impact on a person’s physical and emotional health. For at-risk residents of the tri-state area, the neurovascular experts at IGEA Brain, Spine & Orthopedics are standing by to help diagnose and treat you. To our care team, high-quality care isn’t just an option, it’s the standard of their care.
What Is an Aneurysm?
An aneurysm is a spherical-shaped bulge caused by the weakening of an artery’s walls. Aneurysms can occur in the brain, the thoracic aorta, the abdominal aorta, and even inside the heart. All aneurysms grow differently, which is why physicians categorize them according to their shape and size (i.e. small, large, or giant). The classification of a patient’s aneurysm helps determine which treatment will be most effective.
In some cases, aneurysms won’t produce symptoms until they burst or dissect. However, by analyzing risk factors, care providers can predict the likelihood that a patient might develop one. These risk factors include:
- Alcohol consumption
- Older age
- Certain conditions such as syphilis, tuberculosis, and brain infections
Depending on where an aneurysm develops in the body, it can produce different symptoms. However, in general, its effects break down as follows:
- Aneurysms near the skin’s surface:
- Abdominal, back, or scrotal pain
- Cerebral aneurysms:
- Vision problems
- Loss of balance or perception
- Speech problems
- Ruptured aneurysms:
- Severe headaches
- Vision problems
- Neck pain
- Pain around the eyes
- Hemorrhagic stroke
- Hypovolemic shock
To spot and diagnose aneurysms in patients, the professionals at IGEA take a systematic, evidence-based approach. Generally, this first involves checking a patient’s medical history. During this interview, our neurovascular team develops a holistic image of the patient’s medical background, symptoms, and previous treatments.
Next, one of our providers may perform a physical examination to check the patient’s blood pressure, listen to their heart and arteries, and examine them for neck pain. Finally, they may run diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) scans to further inform or confirm their aneurysm diagnosis.
Treating Aneurysms In New Jersey & New York
At IGEA, our medical team provides personalized treatments for all patients. Depending on the location, size, and integrity of a patient’s aneurysm, our neurovascular surgeons may choose to treat it using one or more of the following leading-edge methods:
- Microsurgical clipping: This time-tested treatment seals the target artery with a titanium clip to prevent further bleeding.
- Endovascular coiling: This minimally invasive procedure places a coil inside the target artery to seal it with clotting.
- Pipeline embolization: This state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgery seals a pipeline embolization device inside the target artery.
The IGEA team maintains full transparency throughout the treatment process. That means our patients remain fully informed and involved in their healthcare every step of the way. Plus, with several minimally invasive procedures to choose from, IGEA’s patients often enjoy greater post-surgical comfort and shorter recovery times.
Visit Our Aneurysm Experts Today
With offices located throughout New Jersey and New York, IGEA makes it convenient for the people in the tri-state area to get the neurovascular care they deserve. To schedule an appointment with one of our providers, contact us today.