Saturday, August 25, 2007


My Mom's surgery was a success although they were not able to do what they intended to do. The aneurysm was located in a bony part of her skull and they were able to expose only 10% of it which was as far as the doctors wanted to go. This meant that they were not able to place a clamp at the base of it. They did place a wire mesh over the portion of the aneurysm that was exposed and that would have caused problems should it burst. The mesh will help create scar tissue which will hopefully lessen the likelihood of it bursting. The rest of the aneurysm that is in the bony part poses no significant risk should it rupture. That sounds weird, but the reason brain aneurysms are serious is not only the loss of blood to the brain, which in fact is minimal if the person has the ability to clot. The real danger is when the blood actually touches the brain. It is an irritant...that part I thought was strange. They will monitor the aneurysm indefinitely to see if it shrinks or grows and take further actions if necessary.

This picture is of her a few hours post-op. It's a bit hard to tell, but the incision starts in the middle of her forehead at her hairline and stops in front of her ear where that little flappy thing is. She had the surgery Monday morning and was released from the hospital Thursday afternoon. She's resting fairly well and isn't in as much pain as you might think....either that or she's not telling us the whole truth. Thanks for all the well wishes, positive thoughts and energy sent her way. It obviously worked!


Blogger Deneen said...

I am glad it worked out well and she's not in too much pain.

August 25, 2007 5:39 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

Glad to hear it.

I will pray for her continued good health, and, as always, the best of everything for you and your family.

August 25, 2007 11:20 PM  
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