Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists’ Treatment for Life-Threatening Brain Aneurysm Has Patient Back on Her Feet in No Time

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Maureen Myers went back to work in the Food Services Department at Manasquan High School just four weeks after surgery

Maureen Myers

Maureen Myers

“It took a few weeks to recover completely, and when I returned to work, my colleagues couldn’t believe anything had been wrong with me – let alone the fact that I had been through five hours of surgery.

After the summer, Maureen Myers of Point Pleasant couldn’t wait to get back to making lunches and manning the cash register as a member of the Food Services Department at Manasquan High School. She’s been working there for 17 years and adores her job.

Her excitement for starting the new school year was dampened over Labor Day weekend. Maureen wasn’t feeling well and soon found herself in Brick Hospital’s emergency room with multiple heart exams being done. All tests were negative – and she was released with the diagnosis of an ulcer. A few days later, she still didn’t feel right … plus now she had a terrible headache.

Maureen went back to the hospital where a CT scan of her head revealed a large brain aneurysm. Immediately, she was transported by ambulance to Jersey Shore Medical Center knowing it could rupture at any moment. Within a few hours, Dr. Pinakin Jethwa, a neurosurgeon at Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS), and his team were operating on her.

“Maureen had a large aneurysm located just behind the left eye,” explains Dr. Jethwa. “An aneurysm is a ballooning of a blood vessel, similar to a bubble on a tire. When an aneurysm this large causes a severe sudden headache, as it did in Maureen’s case, you worry that is has ruptured or is about to rupture. It is essential to get that aneurysm treated right away before bleeding occurs. Traditionally, the treatment was open surgery where we remove the skull and close off the aneurysm with a metal clip. Thankfully, today we have another, minimally invasive, option called coiling.”

Luckily, Maureen’s aneurysm could be treated with coiling. Dr. Jethwa was able to take a catheter from an artery in her leg up to her brain. He was able to place this very small catheter inside the aneurysm and packed it with coils to block it from the inside.

Maureen and her family were amazed. There was no head shaving. No need for long-term medication. No visible scars. It was as if nothing had happened.

“It took a few weeks to recover completely, and when I returned to work, my colleagues couldn’t believe anything had been wrong with me – let alone the fact that I had been through five hours of surgery,” Maureen shares. “I feel great, and I owe that to Dr. Jethwa; Dean Barone, a physician assistant at ANS; and the Jersey Shore team. They were all reassuring, kind, compassionate, and patient. In fact, the last time I was in the office, I had a clean CT scan. I was so excited – and so grateful – that I hugged Dr. Jethwa. It was the only way I knew how to thank him!”

For more information on life-saving treatments for brain aneurysms and ANS, visit http://www.ansdocs.com or call 732-455-8225.

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