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Coil Procedure Can Cure Brain Aneurysms

Wendy Rigby (KENS 5)

 |  Wednesday Jul 29, 2009 | Share This Item

Here is a look at the coil itself, about the width of two human hairs.A brain aneurysm is like a ticking time bomb, a health condition that at a moment’s notice can become deadly. Doctors don’t always have to perform open surgery to correct the problem. There’s a less invasive alternative.

Kay Shepherd needed a procedure to correct a life-threatening problem: an aneurysm in a blood vessel in her brain. The condition is like ballooning blister that could rupture suddenly, leaving her disabled or dead.

“I don’t want to go through the rest of my life wondering every time I get a headache if that’s the end,” 59-year-old Shepherd said.

Shepherd opted for a treatment using tiny coils snaked through her vessels into her brain. It’s a two-hour procedure that U-T Health Science Center neurosurgeon Dr. Christopher Koebbe says requires much less recovery time than more traditional open surgery.

 

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