Brain Aneurysm Treatments

We have two primary methods for treating for a brain (cerebral) aneurysm: surgical and nonsurgical. Both brain aneurysm treatments have pros and cons.

Surgical Clipping

This traditional method requires open surgery. We place a small, metal clip across the aneurysm to close it up.

Read more about what's involved in clipping a cerebral aneurysm

Less-Invasive Brain Aneurysm Treatments

Minimally invasive or endovascular treatments don't require opening the skull.


Using catheters, we deliver small, platinum coils into the aneurysm to close it off from the bloodstream.

Learn about the benefits of minimally invasive coiling.

Flow Diversion

To close the aneurysm using this method, we place small, wire stents in the parent vessel, covering the opening of the aneurysm.

Intrasaccular Aneurysm Occlusion Device 

With this brand-new device, we use a mesh ball to stop blood leaving the aneurysm. We typically use this procedure when treating:

  • Hard-to-treat aneurysms
  • Aneurysms happening again after traditional treatments

We're the first center in central Virginia to offer this treatment. This device can provide:

  • Shorter procedure times 
  • Lower recurrence rates

Discussing Options

Not every brain aneurysm requires surgery. Neurosurgeon Min Park, MD, shares the factors he considers when discussing treatment with his patients. View brain aneurysm options transcript.

Which Treatment is Right For Me?

We’ll help determine which treatment works for you based on:

  • Your age, overall health and medical history
  • The extent of the condition
  • Your signs and symptoms
  • Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies
  • Expectations for the course of the condition
  • Your opinion or preference
  • Size and location of the aneurysm
  • Presence or absence of symptoms
  • Other risk factors for aneurysm rupture