Introducing the Pipeline® Embolization Procedure

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an aneurysm, the state-of-the-art neurosurgical procedure known as Pipeline® Embolization may be the best choice for treatment. The Pipeline® Embolization procedure is an FDA approved, minimally invasive surgery in which a braided cylindrical mesh device is placed in a blood vessel to redirect blood flow away from an aneurysm. The device has been used in Europe to treat aneurysm patients since 2009 and was FDA approved in April of 2011.

What is an Aneurysm?

A brain aneurysm is the balloon-like bulging of an artery due to a weakness in its wall. Aneurysms can be categorized by small, large or giant sizes and by a variety of shapes. Aneurysm symptoms typically include headaches, loss of vision and other neurologic effects. If left untreated, an aneurysm may rupture and cause a hemorrhagic stroke, which can subsequently lead to cognitive loss, severe functional disability and death.

How Does the Procedure Work?

This minimally-invasive neurosurgical procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia, although the latter is usually preferred as the patient will have to remain motionless for an extended period of time. A micro catheter will be inserted into a blood vessel in the groin area to begin the procedure. Once the Pipeline® Embolization Device has made its way to the aneurysm, it will be applied to the blood vessel where it will prevent blood from flowing into the aneurysm. This will create a clot in the aneurysm which will prevent it from bursting and may eventually lead it to shrink.

Is this Treatment Right for You?

There are three existing traditional methods of treatment for aneurysms. These include:

  • Parent Artery Deconstruction – a procedure in which the artery where an aneurysm originates is permanently destroyed.
  • Surgical Clipping – involves the opening of the skull to place a clip on the artery to prevent blood from flowing into the aneurysm.
  • Endovascular Embolization – is minimally invasive and places embolic coils or liquids in the aneurysm to prevent blood flow.

The Pipeline® Embolization procedure has proven to be effective in the treatment of large, giant and wide-necked aneurysms that other treatments have had difficulty with. Its innovation and minimally invasive nature makes it an alternative to procedures that require open surgery to treat aneurysms.

If you have been diagnosed with a large or giant aneurysm, the Pipeline® Embolization neurosurgical procedure may be the treatment option for you.

Are There Risks?

It’s important to understand that risks exist with most surgical procedures. Your neurosurgeon will discuss the risks of Pipeline® Embolization with you. Keep in mind that people who have experienced allergies to platinum or cobalt/chromium alloy may suffer an allergic reaction to Pipeline® Embolization.

Are You A Candidate?

Consideration for Pipeline® Embolization will require you to complete a series of exams and diagnostics to evaluate the size, shape and location of an aneurysm. These exams usually include a medical history review, a physical examination, blood tests, neurological tests, imaging and angiographies.

Your First Step to Better Health

Find out if Pipeline® Embolization is right for you and allow this innovative and groundbreaking neurosurgery technique to be your first step to better health. Contact the neurosurgeons of IGEA Brain & Spain at 908-219-9673 to get started today.