British Lady Sails Through Brain Bypass Surgery Using Vein Graft

by Medindia Content Team on  December 15, 2006 at 2:05 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
British Lady Sails Through Brain Bypass Surgery Using Vein Graft
A 65 year old lady, Pauline Meacham is the first Briton to have a have a bypass surgery done to treat an aneurysm .

After having been diagnosed in 2001,with acromegaly,a hormonal disorder she was advised to go through routine screening tests. One scan done revealed a sizeable tumor in her brain.. Doctors also told her that this was an aneurysm. An aneurysm is a defect of artery walls that loses its elasticity and swells up with a collection of blood. This had developed behind her right eye. Later on when doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham detected that the aneurysm was increasing in size, they advised brain surgery. The doctors advised a specialized bypass surgery called cerebral non-occlusive revascularisation.

Left with very little choice, she was unruffled when she decided to go through the surgery. This type of surgery was still in pioneer stages in the U.K. Such a bypass technique was alternatively only being done in Holland. She was informed that she would be one of the first to undergo a similar procedure in London.

She was operated upon last July and the surgeons were successful in creating a bypass using vein graft around the aneurysm, in the brain. Five weeks later she was discharged from hospital.

Pauline Meacham has told media that, although she struggled with a bit with double vision for three months, she is fine now .She has now resumed doing all her routine chores. She expressed her gratitude to the hospital staff that cared for her untiringly.

Source: Medindia

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