MMC Offers New Minimally Invasive Procedure to Treat Large Aneurysms
Augusto Elias, DDS, MD, a neurointerventional radiologist with Clinical Radiologists, S.C., who leads the neurointerventional team in Memorial Medical Center’s Stroke Center, performed the minimally invasive procedure, known as a pipeline stent. Dr. Elias is one of only 10 physicians in Illinois who is trained to perform this procedure.
A brain aneurysm is a weakness in the wall of an artery or vein that causes a portion of the vessel to become enlarged. Some aneurysms are small and can be treated either by filling them up with coils inserted through a catheter in a minimally invasive procedure or through neurosurgery that opens the skull, clamping them off with clips. For bigger and wider aneurysms, the FDA approved in 2011 a device called the Pipeline Embolization Device, a flexible mesh tube that is delivered through a catheter, inserted into an artery in the leg and threaded to the area of the brain where the aneurysm is located.