Coiling, also called endovascular coiling, coil placement or coil embolization treats cerebral (brain) aneurysms. Unlike traditional clipping, coiling doesn’t require an incision in the skull. Instead, your doctor threads a catheter from a blood vessel in the groin up into the blood vessels in the brain. Your doctor uses fluoroscopy (a special type of X-ray) to help move the catheter to your head and into the aneurysm.
Once the catheter is in place, your doctor moves tiny platinum coils through the catheter into the aneurysm. These soft platinum coils, which are visible on X-ray, conform to the shape of the aneurysm. The coiled aneurysm becomes clotted off (embolization), which prevents a rupture.
The Advantages of Minimally Invasive Coiling
You can benefit from this less-invasive procedure to treat your cerebral or brain aneurysm. The procedure:
- Gives you the option to sleep or stay awake during the treatment
- Does not expose you to the risks of traditional surgery, which removes part of your skull
- Results in quicker and easier recovery
If you're not a candidate for coiling, we offer microvascular clipping for brain aneurysms.