Device helps prevent aneurysm damage

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

By: Femi Cole

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Dr. Ziad Darkhabani


Patients undergoing surgery for aneurysm might get a little help from their FRED.


The Flow Redirection Endoluminal Device, or FRED, is the latest tool he uses to treat aneurysms, says Dr. Ziad Darkhabani, interventional neurologist at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.


An aneurysm is a weak area of a blood vessel that causes bulging or ballooning in the vessel wall. They’re life-threatening if they burst. The FRED device – a type of stent – helps divert blood flow away from the aneurysm. That’s called aneurysm occlusion.


The FRED device

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The FRED device is guided into the problematic blood vessel through an artery in the leg or wrist. It’s then placed across the neck of the aneurysm cutting off the blood flow feeding the area of concern.


Darkhabani is the first interventionalist in Wisconsin to use the FRED device.


“This technology is another step toward our efforts to continuously provide the most innovative and advanced treatment options for our patients,” he says. “The FRED device ensures smooth delivery to the target aneurysm, easy deployment and reliable opening and vessel wall positioning to maximize flow-redirecting properties and treatment durability.”


Roughly 2 percent of the population has a brain aneurysm. Most aneurysms do not burst but ruptures do occur in about 30,000 people each year in the United States. Thirty percent of patients with an aneurysm rupture do not survive and 18 percent will not make it to the hospital in time to receive treatment.


“In some cases, avoiding an aneurysm or aneurysm rupture comes down to lifestyle changes and preventative measures,” Darkhabani says. “That includes not smoking or quitting if you are a smoker, controlling high blood pressure and undergoing early, routine screenings if you are at risk or have a family history of aneurysms.”


Dr. Ziad Darkhabani sees patients in Green Bay, Oshkosh and Marinette. To request an appointment, call 920-288-8044 in Green Bay or 855-819-9935 in Oshkosh or Marinette. Request an online appointment here.


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