For neurosurgeons, the challenge is to catch an aneurysm before it bursts. The first step begins with neurological testing to determine a precise diagnosis.
The diagnostic tests available at UT Southwestern Medical Center include:
Neurological surgeons at UT Southwestern have performed more pre-emptive surgeries to prevent aneurysm-induced stroke than any medical center – more than 2,500 over the last decade.
Once a ruptured brain aneurysm has been determined, there are two common treatment options.
The options include:
In cases of ischemic stroke, UT Southwestern physicians can administer a fast-acting drug called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, directly to the site of the clot by using a technique called intra-arterial thrombolysis.
Another technique performed by our neurosurgeons is an intricate procedure known as stroke bypass surgery. The labor-intensive microsurgery involves taking a blood vessel or vein from an area that gets a high volume of blood flow, such as the the leg, and sewing it into another blood vessel or artery that carries blood directly to the brain.
Extracranial-to-intracranial bypass surgery is performed at only a few major U.S. medical centers. UT Southwestern neurosurgeons perform the intricate procedure about 25 times a year, with patient referrals from around the country.
At UT Southwestern, our caring neurologists and a neurosurgeons can help you determine the treatment that is appropriate for you.