I met with my neurosurgeon today for the first time. I have a 3-4 mm aneurysm on the ophthalmic artery close to the ICA. My mother survived a ruptured brain aneurysm at age 61; Aunt survived a rupture from one in her 40’s; Great Uncle suffered from one at age 40 and did not survive. My neurosurgeon said that “Based on the PHASE score the chance of mine ever rupturing is low.” However, the PHASE score does not take into consideration my families history.
The neurosurgeon said he can and will fix it, if I so desire. He says that he would not be fixing it for “health reasons” rather my “overall well-being.” The only option he recommends at this time is Pipeline or Stent or Flow Divertor (not sure the difference between these). This procedure would require 24 hours in the hospital, months of blood thinners, as well as aspirin for the rest of my life. I am 25 years old. I understand no one can tell me what I should do, but I would love to hear from someone who has had the procedure or who has become comfortable with the watch and wait. Thanks!