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New procedure treats aneurysms at UTMC

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A brand new procedure at the University of Toledo Medical Center could help dozens of people in the area.

The procedure is called flow diversion, and it's used to treat brain aneurysms.

"It's a very exciting time for us, because traditionally these aneurysms have been very difficult to treat," said Dr. Syed Zaidi, assistant professor of Neurology. "It seems to be working, as far as we can tell."

A coil stent is placed in the patient's brain to divert blood-flow away from the aneurysm, allowing it to heal.

Patricia Thomas was the first patient to undergo the procedure. She says it was worth it when she got good news from her doctor.

"He called me and said the aneurysm is gone," Thomas said. "That was exciting. We were all happy to hear that."

An aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel that can leak or rupture. They can cause severe headaches, loss of vision, and sometimes even death. Thomas' surgery went so well, doctors at UTMC have already performed five others, and they're hoping to do many more.

"I would absolutely tell those who need to have something done, have it done with no trepidation," said Thomas.

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