New technology is giving doctors a less-invasive treatment for aneurysms.
The Woven EndoBridge (WEB) Aneurysm Embolization System is a permanent nitinol (nickel titanium) self-expanding mesh ball implant for the treatment of wide-neck intracranial aneurysms located at or near branching areas of arteries in the brain.
About 5 percent of the population has some kind of brain aneurysms, according to the National Institutes of Health. Ruptures occur in about 30,000 people a year, and nearly half of them die.
The WEB device system consists of the implant, the delivery wire, and the controller that is used to detach the device from the delivery wire. It's designed to disrupt blood flow entering the aneurysm and help promote clotting.
The procedure reportedly takes under an hour to complete; compared to the 4 - 5 hours needed for traditional treatments. The recovery is said to be easier as well.
The FDA approved the device in January. For further specifics on how it works and who is a potential candidate for the procedure, see the FDA's report.