This medical video looks into the new use of onyx on aneurysms.
Read the full transcript »
Jennifer Matthews: 70-year old Sylvia Kessling has hit the jackpot in more ways than one. One year ago, two aneurysms in her brain, one the size of a grape, almost killed her. Sylvia Kessling: I didn't know what had happened to me. I just went all black. Jennifer Matthews: But an experimental procedure gave her a second chance. In the new procedure, a catheter transfers a plastic material called onyx up to the aneurysm site and fills the bulge. Dr. Robert Dawson: The onyx turns into a putty-like material which is fairly solid and stays in place. Jennifer Matthews: In studies, onyx appears to best help surgeons treat wide neck aneurysms that are difficult to treat using traditional approaches. Dr. Robert Dawson: It's by no means the be all and end all for treatment of aneurysms, but I think that the more tools you have in your box, the better carpenter you can be. Jennifer Matthews: Sylvia was back on her feet within days of the procedure. Today, her life is back to her regular routine. Now, she's just waiting to hit the big one. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.