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Resurrection Medical Center Only Fourth Hospital in Illinois
To Treat Brain Aneurysm Using Pipeline Device

Chicago, IL (May 3, 2012) Resurrection Medical Center’s reputation as a cutting-edge hospital was solidified further on Feb. 22, 2012 when Soma Sinha Roy, M.D., successfully treated a brain aneurysm that had plagued a 57-year-old professional woman for eight years.

Dr. Sinha Roy treated the patient by implanting a Pipeline embolization device made of braided cylindrical mesh, approved in 2011 by the FDA for treatment of large, wide-necked brain aneurysms. Resurrection Medical Center became only the fourth hospital in Illinois to treat a brain aneurysm with the new Pipeline device. Dr. Sinha Roy, a neurointerventional surgeon and board certified radiologist practicing at Resurrection Medical Center, is one of 300 neurointerventional surgeons in the U.S.

Dr. Sinha Roy had treated the patient, Catherine Better, for a ruptured brain aneurysm in 2004 using platinum coils to wrap the aneurysm. Better recovered fully. But Dr. Sinha Roy was unable to coil the entire length of the aneurysm because of its large size, and the curve of the damaged blood vessel. Soon after the 2004 surgery, the remnant of the aneurysm began to grow again.

“I lived for eight years with the fear of my aneurysm rupturing again, but I was hesitant to undergo more treatment,” Better said. A resident of Downers Grove and a registered nurse, she was well aware of the risks of further surgery.

When Better finally told Dr. Sinha Roy she would consent to coil embolization she received a surprise. Dr. Sinha Roy advised Better to wait for the Pipeline device to be approved by the FDA.

“I saw Dr. Sinha Roy often through the years. The treatment of choice before the Pipeline was coil embolization,” said Better. “But it requires two procedures; first a stent is implanted, then there is a second surgery to insert the coil. I considered it a double risk. The Pipeline is implanted in just one procedure, and it greatly minimized this risk. Having it implanted has given my husband and me great peace of mind. I trusted Dr. Sinha Roy’s judgment and her expertise implicitly.”

“The Pipeline device was a much better treatment option because the patient’s brain aneurysm was 14 millimeters long with a wide neck, and the affected blood vessel was curved,” said Dr. Sinha Roy. “With the Pipeline device, I was able to occlude the neck of the entire aneurysm. The Pipeline device is long enough to cover the entire affected area and it permanently seals the aneurysm. It can be implanted in a minimally invasive method.”

According to representatives in health care manufacturing, the Pipeline device was developed for aneurysms larger than ten millimeters, for which there was no prior effective treatment. It diverts blood flow from the aneurysm, which is a weak spot in the wall of the artery in the brain. If the aneurysm bursts or ruptures, blood can escape to the area around the brain and cause brain damage, or stroke. The PipelineR is the first and only flow diversion device approved by the FDA.

Dr. Sinha Roy chose to implant the Pipeline device in the Certified Primary Stroke Center at Resurrection Medical Center because it offers advanced technology and a highly-trained, supportive staff.

Catherine Better was in the hospital for only two days and went back to her job as a clinical manger for a medical insurance company in Lisle two weeks after the procedure.

“I have seen the follow-up angiogram films and the Pipeline and I find it hard to believe that Dr. Sinha Roy was able to maneuver it into place, but in place it is,” said Better. “She keeps up with the latest technology in her field.”

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About Dr. Sinha Roy

Dr. Soma Sinha Roy has been affiliated with Resurrection Medical Center since 2009. She earned her medical degree at the University of North Carolina. She completed her residency in radiology and a one-year fellowship in interventional neuroradiology at the University of Cincinnati Hospitals. She completed a two-year fellowship in neurointerventional surgery at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 2002.

About Brain Aneurysms

According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, it is estimated that more than 6 million people in the U.S. have an unruptured brain aneurysm. Most are small and 50 to 80 percent will not rupture. But more than 30,000 people are expected to be affected by a brain aneurysm in 2012. Symptoms include a localized headache, dilated pupils, blurred vision, weakness and numbness and difficulty speaking.

About Resurrection Medical Center

Resurrection Medical Center at 7435 W. Talcott Ave. on Chicago’s northwest side is an award-winning, 360-bed academic teaching hospital. As a full service medical center offering comprehensive health services, we are dedicated to providing quality, compassionate care to all we serve. Resurrection Medical Center is a Primary Stroke Center certified by The Joint Commission. The Medical Center recently opened a new five-story Patient Care Addition with 120 private rooms. Guided by the latest research, every aspect of the new addition promotes healing.


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