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As a brain aneurysm specialist in Singapore, I frequently address concerns about treatment and recovery. Patients commonly ask about available treatments such as minimally invasive surgical clipping or endovascular coiling. Additionally, they ask about brain aneurysm scans, life after a brain aneurysm, and headaches post-treatment and recovery.

Dr. Manish Taneja

Brain Aneurysm Specialist, Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic

Brain Aneurysm Treatment and Recovery: Frequently Asked Questions

 

Trying to understand and recover from a brain aneurysm is something that brain aneurysm patients and survivors question daily. The impact this condition can have on the person affected and their loved ones can last from weeks to years. Below are some answers to the most common questions surrounding brain aneurysm treatment and recovery in Singapore.

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1. Introduction to Brain Aneurysm Treatment and Recovery FAQ

 

It’s essential to understand what it entails to recover from a brain aneurysm. This bulging or enlarged blood vessel will continue to grow in the brain until it ruptures or is removed by surgery. It can impact the surrounding areas of the brain and different parts of your life. The good news is there are minimally invasive treatments for brain aneurysm that we offer at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic in Singapore.

Dr. Manish Taneja states that one of the most important recent advances in better endovascular devices for the management of brain aneurysms. Just a decade back, only 50 to 60 percent of aneurysms could be treated with a minimally invasive approach. Now with new coils, stents, and flow diverters, more than 90 percent of aneurysms can be treated with this approach.

 

2. Can an MRI Miss a Brain Aneurysm?

 

An MRI can detect almost all brain aneurysms in the brain.

There are multiple medical tests that a doctor can perform to diagnose a patient with a brain aneurysm. A few of these tests include the following:

  • MRI – This stands for magnetic resonance imaging using a magnetic field and radio waves to generate detailed images.
  • MRA – This stands for magnetic resonance angiogram and is a type of MRI scan that is used specifically for blood vessels.
  • CTA – This is a special type of CT scan that aims specifically at scanning blood vessels.
  • Angiogram – This is yet another tool available to doctors who want to take a closer look at the patient’s blood vessels to see if there is any bleeding or any kind of obstruction that needs to be treated immediately.

A doctor that detects something wrong with the blood vessels of his or her patient might diagnose them with having had a brain aneurysm.

 

3. Is Brain Aneurysm Surgery Dangerous?

 

Brain aneurysm is a fully treatable and curable condition. The risk is less than 2-3% in most patients undergoing elective brain aneurysm surgery. The risks of this surgery will be smaller or larger, depending on certain factors such as age, the location of the aneurysm, how large it is currently, and if you have any other known conditions that could impact the outcome. Learn more about the key differences between an unruptured and ruptured brain aneurysm.

 

4. What to Expect After Brain Aneurysm Surgery

 

For endovascular treatments, patients stay in the hospital for maximum of 1 – 2 nights. You can resume full activities within one week of treatment.

 

5. What Size of a Brain Aneurysm Requires Surgery?

 

Brain aneurysm treatment is required depending on the size, shape, outline, and symptoms. It can rupture at any size. Some studies indicate that 7mm is the cut-off size but frequently in our local Singaporean population, the aneurysms rupture in a significant number of patients at a smaller size.

 

6. Are Small Brain Aneurysms Dangerous?

 

All brain aneurysms should be monitored. Although small aneurysms are at less risk of bleeding, but they do occasionally rupture.

 

7. Can You Live a Normal Life After Having a Brain Aneurysm?

 

Most people are cured after brain aneurysm treatment with a normal life afterwards, especially if the brain aneurysm is detached and treated before it ruptures.

 

8. Can You Work After Having a Brain Aneurysm?

 

Patients who undergo surgery for an unruptured aneurysm are expected to make a complete and full recovery most of the time.

 

9. How Long Does a Brain Aneurysm Headache Last?

 

Headaches, especially post-surgery can persist for days or a few weeks..

Do you know the different types of brain aneurysm headaches? If you’re looking to understand them, including their symptoms and severity, read our informative article and even learn the difference between aneurysm headaches and migraines as well.

 

10. How Long Does a Brain Aneurysm Take to Rupture?

 

If someone is experiencing a ruptured brain aneurysm, it can grow from a few days to a couple of weeks before it ruptures. When it ruptures, you’re likely to experience a severe headache that could last for a few minutes while this happens. It is commonly known as a  “thunderclap headache” and people describe it as the most painful headache of their lives.

 

Contact our Compassionate Brain Aneurysm Specialist in Singapore

 

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic offers compassionate and comprehensive care for brain aneurysm. Using state-of-the-art techniques, advanced diagnostics, and personalized approaches, our team is called to care and stand ready to assist you.

If you’re ready to meet with our brain aneurysm specialist, Dr. Manish Taneja, at Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic, we can guide you and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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Put Brain Aneurysm on Your Health Radar

 

Did you experience the worst headache of your life? Could it be a brain aneurysm that ruptures, which means bleeding in the brain? Thoughts could be racing through your mind. Then what is the difference between unruptured (a weak or thin spot on an artery in the brain that balloons) or ruptured brain aneurysm? If you’re wondering, then the Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is here to help. It’s important to look out for the tell-tale brain aneurysm symptoms, signs, causes, and risk factors.

Dr. Manish Taneja has been performing brain aneurysm treatments since 1995 from surgical clipping to latest minimally invasive procedures. Each patient is unique as is the size and location of the aneurysm. Your brain has different conditions to treat the aneurysm and artery vessel walls of a blood vessel in the brain. This calls for personalised brain aneurysm treatment depending on your symptoms, family, history, medication, and more. A simple CT scan could be just what the doctor ordered and the first step in early detection and prevention of a brain aneurysm. Come in for an easy consultation with our brain aneurysm specialist to be on your health radar.

Other Health Conditions

The Supreme Vascular and Interventional Clinic is your “go-to” facility for various neurointerventional / stroke conditions and treatments. To arrange an appointment with Dr. Manish Taneja, our neurointervention specialist, contact us. You can also call us at (+65) 6904 8084 for a consultation.