Baptist Health Neursoscience Center To Feature brain Aneurysm Repair Westcost


Baptist Health Neuroscience Center will stream a live webcast of a minimally invasive brain aneurysm repair on Thursday, May 23, at 4 p.m. Viewers can watch Italo Linfante, M.D., medical director of interventional neuroradiology, perform endovascular embolization (or coiling) – a potentially lifesaving treatment option for patients who have been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm.

The webcast will be broadcast in English on and in Spanish on It will feature a panel discussion with Dr. Linfante, Sergio Gonzalez-Arias, M.D., the Center’s medical director, and Jack Klem, M.D., medical director of cerebrovascular surgery. Guilherme Dabus, M.D., medical director of the fellowship program in interventional neuroradiology, also will appear in the webcast.

The skilled physicians at Baptist Health Neuroscience Center perform more than 120 aneurysm repairs each year, more than 95 percent of them using endovascular embolization. The goal of the procedure is to safely seal off the aneurysm – a weak, bulging spot on the wall of a brain artery – and stop blood from entering the aneurysm and increasing the risk of rupture.
“We have been performing and perfecting this procedure for 10 years,” Dr. Linfante said. “This option gives great hope to all patients with brain aneurysms, including those who previously may have been told they had inoperable aneurysms.”
Endovascular embolization is the preferred method to treat cerebral aneurysms. It takes about two hours and patients are usually able to go home the following day. During the procedure, doctors insert a catheter into the patient’s groin and thread it through blood vessels into the brain using X-ray guidance. Through the catheter, another tube is used to deposit platinum coils to fill the aneurysm, blocking blood flow to the aneurysm and preventing a rupture. The traditional approach, which involves opening the skull and blocking blood flow from the artery with a metal clip at the base of the aneurysm, also will be discussed.
An estimated 6 million people in the United States – or one in 50 people – have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Each year, about 30,000 people in the nation suffer a brain aneurysm rupture. That means there is a brain aneurysm rupturing every 18 minutes. Traditionally, ruptured brain aneurysms were fatal or highly disabling in about 40-60 percent of cases. Over the past decade, the use of endovascular embolization and specialized intensive care units has dramatically improved patient outcomes.
Providing the most effective care in the least invasive manner is the philosophy of Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, where diseases and disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system are diagnosed and treated.