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Norton Healthcare to post live photos and videos during brain aneurysm surgery

Pipeline embolization procedure shown via Twitter August 1

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 30, 2013) – At one time, former nurse Kimberly Underhill was the one holding patients hands and helping deliver lifesaving care. Today she is the patient. Her physician, Shervin R. Dashti, M.D., Ph.D., is performing a lifesaving surgery to cure a large aneurysm in her brain that just a few years ago was untreatable and he will be tweeting about it.

Dr. Dashti has been performing this type of surgery using the Pipeline Embolization Device for over two years with patients whose aneurysms are too large to treat with other endovascular or conventional surgical techniques. The pipeline embolization is a technique used to treat large or giant wide-necked brain aneurysms in which the device is placed in the parent blood vessel rather than in the aneurysm sac. The Pipeline® Device is the first and only flow diversion device approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The device diverts blood flow away from the aneurysm by creating a link from one end of the normal blood vessel to the other, restoring original, natural blood circulation. Over time the aneurysm will clot off and dissolve completely for a permanent long-term cure. During the procedure, the Pipeline Device (a braided cylindrical mesh) is implanted across the aneurysm neck. This slows the flow of blood into the aneurysm, which allows for the diseased vessel to heal. Norton Healthcare has done more of these procedures than any other facility in the state.

Dr. Shervin Dashti of Norton Neuroscience Institute to tweet live photos and videos from pipeline brain aneurysm surgery

Thursday, August 1
9:00 a.m. Pre-Op coverage
11:30 a.m. Surgery scheduled to begin

Norton Brownsboro Hospital
4960 Norton Healthcare Boulevard
Louisville, KY 40241

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About Norton Neuroscience Institute
One in every three people — some 1.7 million in Kentucky and Southern Indiana alone — will be affected by a neurological disorder at some point in life. Established in early 2009, Norton Neuroscience Institute is the region’s leading provider of neurological care. Its team of specialists is dedicated to providing patients and their families with advanced treatment for complex neurological disorders through several areas of expertise including pediatrics, stroke care, brain tumor treatment, epilepsy, spine care, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, headaches and concussion treatment, trauma, injury and more. Since launching Norton Neuroscience Institute, nearly two dozen subspecialty fellowship-trained neurosurgeons, neurologists and other neurological related specialists have joined the growing practice. Their addition is part of a 10-year plan to position Norton Neuroscience Institute as a national leader in neurological care, providing comprehensive services, world-class facilities, leading-edge technologies, and enhanced research and outreach efforts. More information is available at

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