Las Vegas, NV - Southern Hills Hospital continues to expand the hospital’s stroke care capabilities recently doing their first-ever aneurysm coiling. Aneurysm coiling is a procedure that blocks blood flow into an aneurysm and seals off the opening of the aneurysm helping stop it from rupturing.

According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, about one in 50 people develop a brain aneurysm, and ruptures occur in about 30,000 people in the U.S. each year. 40 percent of those cases result in death within 24 hours. Up to two-thirds of those who survive will be left with some sort of neurological deficit.

“We know the ramifications when aneurysms are not treated,” said Cullen Brown, Chief Operating Officer at Southern Hills Hospital. “At Southern Hills, our mission is the care and improvement of human life. That mission is at the center of every service we add and every procedure we introduce to our hospital. The ability to do aneurysm coiling serves that mission and will save countless lives.”

The procedure involves inserting a small catheter into an artery in the groin. Using X-rays the catheter is advanced into the area of the brain and a coil is deployed. These coils are very small and thin, ranging in size from about twice the width of a human hair to less than one hair's width.

Endovascular coiling is minimally invasive and patients can expect to return to normal activities within 2 days.

The patient who received the aneurysm coil is a 72-year-old female. The patient is doing well and the physician who cared for her noted she had “excellent results” with no neurological deficits.