New glue can fix aneurysms through out-patient surgery - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/13/10

New special glue can fix aneurysms through out-patient surgery

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By Karin McCay| email

Edited by Kristin Beerman | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A brand new type of surgery uses a special kind of glue to treat patients with aneurysms.  A brain aneurysm is an abnormal bulging of an artery.  About one in 15 Americans suffer from them and if it ruptures, it can lead to a stroke, even death. 

The new glue called Onyx-HD 500 has just been approved by the FDA, and basically, its specially made for the brain. After its mixed, neuroradiologists like Dr. Peter Perma insert it with a catheter from the groin to seal off an aneurysm in the brain.

"I put a balloon across the neck of the aneurysm, to seal the neck with a catheter in place in the aneurysm, and then injected this lava-like glue just simply to fill the whole space of the aneurysm," said Dr. Perma.  Hey adds, "Now I think he can go home and say gosh that thing is sealed, Dr. Perma thinks it's gonna be sealed forever, I think he's gonna be able to relax."

You see that glue hardens like a rock to prevent a rupture that could lead to devastating bleeding and strokes.  You can see here the dark blob shows the aneurysm has filled in.  Dr. Perma says this is ideal for patients with large aneurysms that have what doctors call wide necks that are typically hard to seal off and even more amazing is that the patient is on his way home within 24 hours of having brain surgery.

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