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A Minimally Invasive Approach to Aneurysm Repair
Cutting-Edge Technology Offers Patients New Hope

Englewood, NJ October 6, 2010 – Known as a “brain bleed,” an aneurysm can be a deadly condition. While open brain surgery was previously the only solution to stop the bleeding, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (englewoodhospital.com) is home to one of only 100 surgeons in the country taking a minimally invasive approach to treating this condition. 

Endovascular neurosurgery is a field of medicine where physicians use minimally invasive techniques to access and repair the nervous system. One such condition treated by endovascular neurosurgeons is an intracranial aneurysm, which is a bulging blood vessel that can erupt, causing blood to flow into the brain.

“Many people who experience an aneurysm bleed may have weakness in the blood vessel for some time, and a stressful event—such as a sudden rise in blood pressure or other increase in pressure in the vasculature—may trigger it to rupture,” says Frank M. Moore, MD, FACS, neurosurgeon and Chief of Neurosurgery at the Medical Center.

A New Approach

At Englewood Hospital, Paul Saphier, MD, a fellowship-trained endovascular neurosurgeon, performs procedures that not only save lives, but also minimize recovery times. One such procedure is the endovascular coiling approach. Using advanced imaging technology, the surgeon inserts a small, thin tube known as a catheter into the blood vessel in the groin. The physician then inserts a tiny, platinum coil into the catheter and threads it toward the aneurysm. When the wire reaches the aneurysm, the coil takes form of the aneurysm’s shape. The coils are visible on an imaging scan, allowing the endovascular surgeon to view when the aneurysm has been filled. This revolutionary surgery has been shown to reduce risk of death or significant disability by 22.6 percent when compared to other surgical approaches. 

In addition to aneurysm repair, Dr. Saphier also performs tumor embolizations and screenings for cancer markers. These procedures are performed at Englewood Hospital’s state-of-the-art Angiography Suite, which features specialized instruments and imaging tools. This means that high-tech capabilities and surgical expertise combine for the benefit of patients.

“I advise all patients to be aware of the symptoms of aneurysm and to get help quickly if they think an aneurysm is present,” Dr. Moore says. “At Englewood Hospital, we use imaging technologies to quickly diagnose aneurysms and initiate medications or surgical treatments. An aneurysm does not have to be a deadly event. There is help, and there is hope.”

Know the Signs

Because a brain aneurysm is a life-threatening condition, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms should you or a loved one experience such an event. The first signal is typically a sudden, pounding headache followed by these symptoms:

• Changes in vision

• Dizziness and/or confusion

• Nausea and vomiting

• Numbness or weakness on one side of the face

• Seizure

• Stiff neck

If you or a loved one experiences any of the above symptoms, call 911 immediately. To learn more about endovascular neurosurgery and minimally invasive aneurysm repair, visit www.englewoodhospital.com.

 


 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides patients with the highest level of compassionate care through a broad range of state-of-the-art clinical programs and the most advanced treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this thriving, acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in a variety of disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Englewood Hospital is home to a Vascular Fellowship Program that has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of the medical staff at Englewood Hospital serve as faculty members at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the six percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned twice by its nursing staff.