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New Jersey Neurosurgeons Launch Awareness Campaign During Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month
Date:9/16/2013

Morristown, NJ (PRWEB) September 16, 2013

ANS recently performed a coiling procedure on patient Louise Theall that helped save her life from a ruptured brain aneurysm.

Louise Theall’s symptoms prior to the aneurysm were a headache, dizziness, and vomiting. After collapsing at work, she was rushed to a local hospital and diagnosed with a ruptured brain aneurysm by ANS neurosurgeon Ron Benitez, MD. “Mrs. Theall suffered an aneurysm in the frontal lobes, the most common type of aneurysm.” Dr. Benitez performed a coiling procedure to repair the ruptured aneurysm.

Aneurysm coiling is a minimally invasive procedure that involves entering the bloodstream through the femoral artery in the groin area. A catheter is placed from the femoral artery to 1 of the 4 arteries in the neck that lead to the brain. Platinum coils are then released. The coils bring on clotting (embolization) of the aneurysm, preventing further damage to the brain.

Louise spent a total of 8 weeks in the hospital and remembers the stress on her husband, Bruce, and family as being one of the most difficult obstacles. “My younger son, Brian, wrote me a letter and left it by my bedside at the hospital. I was having a terrible time remembering and he wanted me to know why I was there and what had happened to me. I still have that letter and will keep it always.”

Months after her diagnosis, Louise battled another hurdle: depression. Because Louise didn’t have any obvious signs of trauma, people assumed, after her hospital stay, life for her would
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