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What is a brain aneurysm?
6 minute informational video about aneurysms.
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Dr. Fady T. Charbel, MD, FAANS, FACS
Professor and Head Department of Neurosurgery
Richard L. and Gertrude W. Fruin Professor
The Department of Neurosurgery is part of the Neuropsychiatric Institute, a world leader in Neurosurgery established in the 1940’s. Our doctors have treated more than 4,000 brain aneurysms. The UIC Department of Neurosurgery ranks first in the state for treating the most aneurysm cases.
Neurosurgeons in our department have led the way in groundbreaking research in the areas of ischemic stroke, aneuryms, brain tumors, degenerative spinal disease and pain management. Currently, the Department of Neurosurgery is leading a nationwide study to evaluate blood flow and stroke risk.
The Department of Neurosurgery has internationally recognized experts in every subspecialty in the field. Several physicians among the UIC Neurosurgery staff have been named as The Best Doctors in America and America’s Top Doctors. The combined expertise of neurosurgeons at UIC allows us to treat an extraordinary variety of conditions that is patient-focused.
The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System has been recognized by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for Disease-Specific Care Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, which means it is part of an elite group of providers focused on complex stroke care. Complex Stroke Centers are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly-specialized stroke care.
For more information on The Joint Commission and American Heart Association’s Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Center visit http://www.jointcommission.org/ or www.heart.org/myhospital.
ARE YOU AT RISK?
A brain (or cerebral) aneurysm forms in weak areas of arteries that supply blood to the brain. They can happen to anyone and cause an “out pouching” of the blood vessels in the brain–like a small sac that bulges or balloons out from the vessel wall. Over time the sac can expand and be at risk for leaking or rupturing. That’s why there are 2 types of aneurysms: unruptured (when it is in your brain without knowing) or ruptured (when it bursts and causes bleeding/leakage in the brain). Both types can be treated surgically but outcomes are much better if an aneurysm is detected before it ruptures.