Surgeons at a Delhi-based hospital used a new form of technique to remove a huge tennis ball sized aneurysm from the brain of a 52-year-old Iraqi woman.
Sundus Salman was suffering with aneurysm for past eight years. But her condition was a rare case, as she developed a giant aneurysm that was greater than 2 cm. A team of three doctors at the BLK Specialty Hospital performed a complex surgery to remove this huge aneurysm.
"Salman's aneurysm was seven centimeters, which is extremely huge and surgery in such cases carries huge risks given that it involves vital areas in the brain. 3D imaging helped in taking all the precautions as it helped us define high-risk areas. Her case is a good example of how technology is enabling us to deal with complex cases with ease," said Dr. Vikas Gupta, Head of Neurosurgery, BLK Super Specialty.
Dr. YP Bundela, Sr Consultant, Neurosurgery, BLK Super Specialty Hospital, said, "Salman had been operated in Turkey earlier. Her aneurysm was previously treated with stent assisted coil embolization in 2007. Unfortunately, it was not adequate and seven years later the aneurysm (balloon) recurred in much larger form and shape. The 3D imaging and angiogram displayed that microsurgical option was risky due to its giant size and location near the artery which branches to the eyes. By-pass of the main artery was ruled out."
Therefore, doctors decided to use a new method of cutting the blood supply to the aneurysm and then remove it.
"A newer form of technique using Max Merlin device to divert the flow of blood was mounted on the bulge of the aneurysm. This resulted in diverting the blood flow away from the bulge. The entire procedure was done successfully in the first week of December. Salman's eye movements and vision improved the next day and she was discharged after a week," Dr. Gupta added.