WEB: New technology for treating brain aneurysms

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

By: Femi Cole

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"Several trials showed safety and efficiency using WEB in treating aneurysms," says Dr. Ziad Darkhabani an interventional neurologist with Aurora BayCare Medical Center. "We were excited to utilize the WEB system in order to provide our patients with the most advanced treatment options."


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 WEB system is a self-expanding mesh ball that is guided into the problematic blood vessel through the groin. The implant is detached from the delivery system and placed into the aneurysm, where it cuts off blood flow feeding the aneurysm. This causes blood to clot and close off the aneurysm, greatly reducing the risk of rupture.


The device, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2018, replaces the use of coils for treating aneurysms in certain locations and reduces the length of the aneurysm repair procedure and the amount of radiation needed for treatment, Darkhabani says. He is one of the first interventional neurologists in northeastern Wisconsin to use the WEB system technology.


“It’s exciting to remain at the forefront of technologies that impact aneurysm treatment such as the WEB system,” he 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.


“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 is an interventional neurologist with Aurora BayCare Interventional Neurology. He treats 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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