• Brain Aneurysms

    Neurosurgeons at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center have extensive experience in treating brain aneurysms, also called cerebral aneurysms. If you have been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm and are facing surgery, you can be assured you will be in expert, caring hands at Lahey.

    A brain aneurysm is a weak, bulging area in the wall of a blood vessel in the brain. It is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening condition. If the weakened blood vessel ruptures (bursts), it can cause bleeding within the brain and result in a stroke. Unfortunately, this is how most aneurysms are found.

    An unruptured aneurysm has been called a “silent time bomb” because it often causes no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they can include a headache, eye pain, problems seeing, weakness and numbness of the face, and seizures. In people with a family history of certain types of aneurysms, or those at high risk, early detection and treatment is possible before the aneurysm ruptures.

    State-of-the-Art Aneurysm Treatment at Lahey

    At Lahey’s Department of Neurosurgery, patients benefit from a team approach to their care. Lahey neurosurgeons work together with experts in other fields, such as interventional radiology, in the treatment planning and surgical care of our patients.

    Lahey is home to Dr. Carlos David, an internationally known expert and pioneer in the field of aneurysm surgery. Dr. David is the only neurosurgeon in Massachusetts who performs cerebrovascular bypass surgery, a state-of-the-art procedure to treat complex brain aneurysms. The procedure involves connecting a blood vessel from outside the brain to one inside the brain, in order to reroute blood flew around a damaged or blocked artery.

    Dr. David works in tandem with Lahey neuroradiologist In Sup Choi, MD, a world-renowned expert and pioneer in his field. Neuroradiology involves using state-of-the-art imaging techniques to visualize blood vessels and plan procedures in which instruments are passed through those vessels.

    With the combined expertise of Dr. David and Dr. Choi, Lahey patients benefit from having two internationally acclaimed experts collaborating on their case and offering all possible treatment options.

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