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Silk Vista Flow Diverter Stent – First time in Kerala @ Aster Medcity

Kochi: Aster Medcity doctors successfully completed a Silk Vista Flow Diverter stenting procedure for the first time in Kerala. A native from Ernakulam aged 55 years reported at Neurosurgery for headache and visual disturbances. Patient’s MRI brain showed a giant aneurysm arising from the main artery supplying the brain. The patient had previous history of another intracranial aneurysm that was treated by surgical clipping a few years back.

Considering patient’s symptoms and location and size of the aneurysm, it was decided to perform the Flow Divertion procedure. The Silk Vista is a latest type of Flow Diverter stent from that offers higher visibility, better deployment and thereby increases the safety. The technique enables doctors to divert the blood flow away from the aneurysm and to heal the aneurysm progressively.

Dr Vijay Jayakrishnan, Senior Consultant in Interventional Neuro Radiology stated that Silk Vista was introduced for endovascular treatment of brain aneurysms for the first time in Kerala. This new technology helps for greater visibility, perfection, and lesser complexities. In this case, the patient left the hospital within 48 hours of the procedure.

Flow Diverter stents are promising to be a great advantage in treating large and complex aneurysms in certain anatomical areas of the brain and technical advancements like the Silk Vista are very helpful.

A brain aneurysm is a sac or a bulge in the wall of an artery supplying the brain that balloons out and is filled with blood. Brain aneurysms can rupture which is a condition needing urgent treatment or can get to large size and cause pressure effect on adjacent nerves etc .

Warning signs for an aneurysm are severe headaches, blurred or double vision, pain in the eyes, and sometimes paralysis of limbs and speaking difficulty.

The teams at Aster Medicity led by Dr. Vijay Jayakrishnan, Senior Consultant Interventional Neuroradiologist, Dr. Dilip Panikar, Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon and Dr. Jithendra, Consultant in Neuro anesthecia and critical care were in charge of the procedure and peri procedural care of the patient.

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