September 05, 2005

It's Not Brain Surgery...

From BBC NEWS | Health: Coil can cut aneurysm death risk

Another one to add to the 'try convincing your patient this is a good idea' files...

"Treating burst aneurysms by blocking them with platinum coils could offer patients better long-term survival than major brain surgery, researchers say.

. . . A brain aneurysm is a ballooning-out of the wall of an artery in the brain.

. . . Traditional treatment involves surgically opening the skull, and clipping the aneurysm to stop further bleeding.

In contrast, the coiling treatment is performed by making a tiny puncture wound in the groin and feeding the coil through the blood vessels to the brain."

I mean, what kind of sadistic bastards come up with this stuff? "There's a problem with your brain; so drop your pants, we're going in through the balls!"

See, this is why I never go to the doctor.


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