PulseRider: Aurora BayCare first in Wisconsin to use for aneurysm treatment

Thursday, September 27, 2018

By: Femi Cole

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Treating aneurysms that occur where an artery branches off into two smaller blood vessels often poses a challenge for medical experts. That’s why Dr. Ziad Darkhabani, an interventional neurologist with Aurora BayCare Interventional Neurology, sought out the PulseRider, a new device for treating such aneurysms.


An aneurysm is a weak area of a blood vessel that causes bulging or ballooning of the vessel wall. They’re life-threatening if they burst.


The PulseRider implant is a tool designed to treat aneurysms that occur where an artery branches into smaller vessels. It is positioned across the neck of the aneurysm, creating a bridge. The surgeon places several coils into the aneurysm to reduce blood flow into the problem area. The coils remain inside the aneurysm, causing blood to clot and close off the aneurysm, greatly reducing the risk of rupture.



Darkhabani is the first interventional neurologist in Wisconsin to use the PulseRider device to treat a patient. Aurora BayCare Medical Center is one of the first institutions in the country to treat a patient with the PulseRider device since the FDA approval.


“It’s exciting to remain at the forefront of technologies that impact neurological conditions such as the PulseRider,” Darkhabani says. “We continuously seek ways to enhance our treatments and procedures with the goal of providing increasingly positive outcomes for our patients and their families.”


While most aneurysms do not burst, ruptures occur in about 30,000 people each year in the United States. Forty percent of those cases result in death within 24 hours.


“There are many things we can do to try to prevent aneurysms or aneurysm rupture,” 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 is an interventional neurologist with Aurora BayCare Interventional Neurology. He sees patients at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, Manitowoc and Oshkosh. Call 920-288-8044 or request an appointment online.

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