Brain Aneurysms Specialist

Acadiana Neurosurgery

Neurosurgeons located in Lafayette, LA

Brain aneurysms require skilled medical treatment to prevent serious complications. Drs. Alan Appley and Jason Cormier at Acadiana Neurosurgery in Lafayette, Louisiana, are top providers of diagnostic services and state-of-the-art treatment options for brain aneurysms aimed at preventing serious problems and improving overall health and wellness.

Brain Aneurysms Q & A

What is a brain aneurysm?

A brain aneurysm (sometimes called a cerebral aneurysm) is a weakened, bulging area in an artery that provides the brain with oxygen-rich blood. Most commonly, brain aneurysms are located at the base of the brain, but they can occur elsewhere as well. If this weakened area bursts or ruptures, it releases blood into the skull, causing a stroke and sometimes death. Brain aneurysms are more common among people with a family or personal history of aneurysms, people with atherosclerosis (“hardening” of the arteries), those who smoke and those who have high blood pressure (hypertension). Brain aneurysms are also more common in older people and among women.

What symptoms do brain aneurysms cause?

In most cases, brain aneurysms cause no symptoms and are only “discovered” during tests for other issues or when an aneurysm ruptures. In a few cases, an aneurysm may press on another area of the brain, causing severe headaches, neck pain, problems with speech or vision problems, depending on the area of the brain that’s affected. Fainting, sensitivity to light and nausea can also occur, and sometimes these symptoms can develop rapidly.

How are aneurysms diagnosed?

If a brain aneurysm is suspected, a CT scan or angiogram may be ordered to obtain pictures of the brain and the vessels. Angiograms use long, thin tubes called catheters to inject dye into an area of the brain. The dye makes it easier for a special x-ray machine to capture detailed images that can show an aneurysm more clearly. MRI may also be used in some patients.

How is a brain aneurysm treated?

That depends on the size and location of an aneurysm. Some large aneurysms can be repaired surgically using special techniques to remove the affected artery and replace it with a graft. Other times, a special surgical clip can be used to stop the flow of blood in that portion of the artery. Some aneurysms can be treated with medication and careful monitoring to assess changes in the artery that indicate a need for more aggressive treatment.

Major Insurance Provides Accepted

At Acadiana Neurosurgery, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed. We will be happy to submit a claim for our services to these plans as well as Medicare, with which we are a participating provider. Please remember that insurance is only a method of reimbursing the patient for fees paid to the doctor – it is not a substitute for payment. Some insurance companies pay fixed allowances for certain procedures and others pay a percentage of the charge. It is your responsibility to pay any deductible, co-insurance or any balance not paid by your insurance company. We do accept Visa, American Express and MasterCard for your convenience.

Aetna
BCBS
Beech Street
Cigna
GEHA
Gilsbar
Great West
Multiplan PHCS
United Healthcare
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