Published: Aug. 18, 2010
Updated: Aug. 19, 2010
Microsurgical treatment is used to clip a brain aneurysm using non-magnetic titanium clips.
At Duke, microsurgery is performed under a high-magnification operating microscope in a process called microsurgical clipping.
In this procedure, your surgeon makes a window in the skull.
He uses the high-magnification microscope to view the aneurysm and clip the aneurysm with titanium clips.
Occasionally, a surgeon may need to perform a brain artery bypass to exclude the aneurysm from the circulation.
A team of specialist neuro-anesthesiologists attend these surgeries to make sure the patient is properly sedated and the brain is protected by the anesthesia. Neurophysiologists are also available to monitor the brain.
This surgical technique is used for cases where endovascular treatment is not an option. Occasionally, microsurgical treatment is best for the patient despite being more invasive.