Hello and greetings!
I found out in May of this year that they thought I had a 3mm aneurysm at our local (terrible) hospital. In fact, the neurologist said he would worry one bit about it. The discharge notes said nothing about the finding. After going back to the hospital and requesting my records I was able to go to a neurologist who sent me to a neurosurgeon.
We did the cranioangiogram and they found a 8 mm TV x 6 mm CC x 5 mm AP laterally oriented saccular aneurysm arising from the ophthalmic segment of the left ICA, next to the ophthalmic artery. Not only that it is irregular shaped so it has a head on it. (I think it looks like a turtle!)
Because it is lateral, they can’t just coil it and call it a day. Most likely they will stent it. My surgeon did say that if that “bleb” ruptures while trying to coil it we could have some problems and they might have to get creative. They did prepare me for a smallest chance that they would have to clip it. (I really don’t think I have to worry about that but I appreciate them being forthcoming) Clipping for me is tough. It’s behind a bone so it will require some drilling and also a large neck incision for blood control. I really don’t think I have to worry about that though.
My surgery was already delayed once due to Covid. And my neuro says I am at the top Of his list. He is anxious to get in there- mainly I think because he really doesn’t know exactly what he’s going to do. He talked about balloons and coils and stents and combos of all of those. Just depends on what my brain will “let him do”.
We have been trying to get my blood thinner mix just right and that was the other complication. Apparently I am hyper sensitive to the thinners and we need to get this cocktail right before he can operate.
So if you think about me- send good vibes on the 31st!