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Preventing Brain Aneurysms: Contour Neurovascular System Promises New Hope for Millions of Americans

Innovative device eradicates brain aneurysms

Preventing Brain Aneurysms: Contour Neurovascular System Promises New Hope for Millions of Americans

A new clinical trial is testing a device that could help prevent brain aneurysms from causing strokes or worse. More than six million people in the U.S. have an unruptured brain aneurysm, but most are unaware of it until it’s too late. Judy Sadler woke up with a bad nosebleed and high blood pressure, fearing she may have a stroke. An MRI revealed an unruptured brain aneurysm in the front part of her brain.

Neurointerventional surgeon Ian Kaminsky explains that when an aneurysm ruptures in the brain, the results can be devastating, with a high percentage of people dying or experiencing severe disability. Traditional surgery for aneurysms involves stents and coils, but the new contour neurovascular system aims to block off the aneurysm without the need for these devices. The procedure is less invasive and has a quicker recovery time. Judy was back at work just three days after her procedure, feeling better and more active.

Research on the contour device is expected to continue for a few more years before seeking FDA approval. The goal is to enroll 200 patients across the country to study the effectiveness of the device in treating brain aneurysms. The hope is that this device will offer a new, safer option for those who may be at risk of a ruptured aneurysm.

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