Lucky to be alive…
After a series of unfortunate events led to the discovery a brain aneurysm, Steve Thode turned to Jefferson surgeons for care and treatment.
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If your physician suspects you have a brain aneurysm, the team at the Jefferson Brain Aneurysm and AVM Center will stand ready to ensure you have a complete and accurate diagnosis and the best treatment available today. We have the largest Center in the Delaware Valley, having evaluated and treated more than 5,000 patients with brain aneurysms and cerebral and spinal arteriovenous malformations, or AVMs.
Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment such as digital subtraction angiography (DSA), computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), your physician will understand the exact position and severity of the rupture.
If an aneurysm is detected, there are two treatment options. The first is craniotomy, which involves removing a bone flap, a section of the skull, to access the brain. The bone flap is typically replaced after the procedure with tiny plates and screws.
The second treatment is endovascular coiling, also known as coil embolization. Endovascular coiling is where the surgeon guides a catheter though the arterial network until the tip of the catheter reaches the site of the AVM. The surgeon then introduces a substance that will plug the fistula, correcting the abnormal pattern of blood flow.
For difficult-to-treat aneurysms, Jefferson was the first institution in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware to have used the FDA-approved Pipeline™ Embolization Device. Unlike traditional stents – largely open wire mesh scaffolding structures designed to prop open blood vessels – the Pipeline has much smaller openings to prevent blood from moving through it. The device is ideal for treating very large intracranial aneurysms, because it seals off the aneurysms from the arterial blood flow, reducing their outward push on the vessel walls while preventing a life-threatening rupture.
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Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment with a Jefferson Health brain aneurysm specialist.