Brain Aneurysms Can Now Be Treated Surgically With a Robot

Six patients were successfully operated on

The first person to benefit from this system was a 64-year woman who came to the hospital with an unbroken aneurysm at the base of her skull. The surgical team was able to successfully use the robot to place a stent and then used the same microcatheter to penetrate the aneurysm sac and fixing it by placing different coils.

All intracranial steps were performed with the robotic arm. Since then, five more patients have benefited from this surgery.

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According to the brain Aneurysm foundation, it is estimated that 6.5 million people in the US alone have unruptured brain aneurysm. The annual rupture rate is about 8 to 10 per 100,000 people. Each year, about 30,000 people in the United States suffer a brain aneurysm rupture.

“The ability to provide rapid care using remote robotics for time-critical procedures, such as strokes, can have a huge impact on improving patient outcomes and enable us to provide state-of-the-art patient care anywhere, regardless of geographic location,” the doctor added.

Last August, researchers presented another innovative method of treatment for monitoring the progression of brain aneurysms. The idea is to place a wireless sensor in a blood vessel that allows more frequent examinations without the use of imaging dyes.

References

https://newsroom.heart.org/news/surgeons-successfully-treat-brain-aneurysms-using-a-robot

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