Watch a webcast of a minimally invasive brain aneurysm repair from Baptist Health Neuroscience Center in Miami, Florida. The webcast features medical director of interventional neuroradiology Italo Linfante, M.D., who performed the procedure; Sergio Gonzalez-Arias, M.D., medical director of Baptist Health Neuroscience Center; and Jack Klem, M.D., medical director of cerebrovascular surgery. Guilherme Dabus, M.D., medical director of the fellowship program in interventional neuroradiology, is also part of the webcast.
Endovascular embolization (or coiling) is a newer, minimally invasive treatment option for patients who have been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm -- which is a weak bulging spot on the wall of a brain artery. The procedure takes about two hours and patients are typically able to go home the following day.
During the procedure, the physician inserts a catheter into the patient’s groin and threads it through blood vessels into the brain using x-ray guidance. Through the catheter, the physician uses another tube to deposit platinum coils to fill the aneurysm, blocking blood flow to the aneurysm and preventing a rupture. This is a potentially life-saving treatment for aneurysms that were previously considered inoperable and it is the preferred method to treat cerebral aneurysms. The traditional approach to treat cerebral aneurysms, which involves opening the skull and repairing an aneurysm by blocking blood flow from the artery with a metal clip at the base of the aneurysm, is also discussed in the webcast.
Providing the most effective care in the least invasive manner is the philosophy of Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, where diseases and disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system are diagnosed and treated. The staff includes experts in a wide range of specialties, including neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, interventional neuroradiologists and rehabilitation specialists. The Center also features Baptist Center for Spine Care, where patients with acute spine conditions have access to comprehensive non-surgical treatments as well as surgical methods ranging from the least invasive to the most complex procedures.