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Microvascular Clipping
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Microvascular Clipping?

Microvascular clipping is a surgery to cut off blood flow to an aneurysm. This prevents bleeding and rupture. Typically, a portion of the skull is removed (a procedure called a craniotomy ) and restored during this complex, open surgery.

Microvascular clipping treats a brain aneurysm . It will not fix already damaged areas of the brain, but it can improve quality of life by stopping bleeding or preventing rupture.

Brain Aneurysm
Brain Aneurysm
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Possible Complications

If you having this procedure, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Weakness
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Speech disturbances
  • Visual changes
  • Confusion, memory loss
  • Seizures
  • Infection
  • Reaction to anesthesia (eg, light-headedness, low blood pressure, wheezing)
  • Kidney damage
  • Blood clots (eg, stroke )
  • Ruptured aneurysm during surgery

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure

Discuss these risks with your doctor before surgery.

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Any changes in physical ability—balance, strength, or movement
  • Any changes to...