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Pipeline Aneurysm Surgery

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.

Patient Stories

A recent study found that one in 15 people in the U.S. will develop a brain aneurysm in their lifetime. In about 30 percent of cases, ruptured brain aneurysms are fatal. Brain aneurysms are most commonly detected in people ages 35 to 60. Read and watch the videos of these patients that had large aneurysms treated with the pipeline embolization surgery.

  • Former Norton Healthcare nurse, Kimberly Underhill, recieved the surgery after a large aneurysm was discovered. Dr. Dashti live tweeted the surgery in August, 2013.
  • Current Norton Healthcare Obstetric/Gynecology physician, Rebecca Terry, M.D., knew she had a large aneurysm but did not know it could be fixed.

What is the recovery time after getting an aneurysm fixed?

If a pipeline embolization device has the best success rate, why use anything else?

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