Treating Brain Aneurysms

Whether you need life-saving emergency surgery or ongoing care for an aneurysm, you’re in the most capable hands with the neuroscience experts at Providence.

Why Choose Us for Your Brain Aneurysm Care?

We provide fast, precise treatment for our patients with aneurysms and are with them every step of the way as they recover. Learn more about why so many trust us with care for an aneurysm.

At Providence, we work with you on a treatment plan that meets your medical needs and helps you maximize your long-term health. Our neurologists, neurosurgeons and other neuroscience experts provide supportive, compassionate care from diagnosis to treatment and through recovery. This patient-centered care is one of the reasons we care for patients with brain aneurysms through more than 3,500 appointments each year.

We take a team approach to treating your brain aneurysm because we know this leads to the most effective care. Your team may include fellowship-trained neuro-interventional radiologists, neurovascular surgeons and vascular neurologists. They work closely with other clinicians, including neuroimaging specialists, physical and speech therapists, and rehabilitation doctors and nurses.

Our surgeons perform both open surgeries and leading-edge, minimally invasive procedures such as endovascular embolization with coils and surgical clipping. Your team will work with you to determine the best treatment option for your needs.

We offer a variety of support services to maximize your quality of life, whether you require surgery or ongoing monitoring of a brain aneurysm. Our diet and exercise programs help you make positive lifestyle changes. Rehabilitation therapies – such as speech, occupational and physical therapy – can help you regain skills and physical strength following treatment. We also offer aneurysm support groups where patients can share their experiences, learnings and tips.

Our community is diverse, and we respect and support the racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual and spiritual identities of each of our patients. We offer location-specific translation services for non-English-speaking patients, video appointments and help with transportation. And, in keeping with our Mission, Providence offers financial assistance programs that provide free and low-cost care to those who are eligible.

Our clinicians are part of one of the largest neuroscience networks in the country. They include award-winning physicians, scientists, researchers and caregivers across 51 hospitals in seven states. As our patient, you benefit from their collaboration and the innovative treatments we offer through our neurological clinical trial program.

How Our Doctors Are Making a Difference

When Amber Matranga experienced a serious aneurysm, our doctors saved her life using a coiling procedure, and our physical therapists helped her regain her strength and coordination. Today, she has her life back.

More About Brain Aneurysms

A brain aneurysm is a weak spot in a blood vessel in the brain that can bulge like a balloon. If an aneurysm bursts, it can cause bleeding that can be life-threatening and require emergency surgery to save the patient’s life or prevent brain damage and disability. Types of brain aneurysms include:

  • Fusiform aneurysm
  • Mycotic aneurysm
  • Saccular aneurysm

Testing and Diagnostics

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Your neurological team will use advanced technology to diagnose your aneurysm. This may include one or more of the following:

  • Catheter angiogram
  • CT imaging
  • Computerized tomography angiogram (CTA)
  • Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA)
  • MRI

Personalized Treatment for Brain Aneurysms

No two patients are the same. This is why your neurologic care team works with you to create a treatment plan based specifically on your aneurysm and any other health conditions you may have. Your treatment may include open surgery or a minimally invasive procedure. If you have a small unruptured aneurysm, your neurologist may decide the best course is to monitor it instead of removing it. If you do have surgery, you may have one of the following procedures:

  • Endovascular coiling
  • Endovascular placement of flow-diverting stent
  • Surgical clipping

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Meet the Team

At Providence, you'll have access to a vast network of dedicated and compassionate providers who offer personalized care by focusing on treatment, prevention and health education.