CA Hospital Pioneers New Brain Aneurysm Procedure

Source: Aleksey Satyrenko - 123RF

Thousand Oaks, CA – Los Robles Hospital is the first in the nation to fit a life-saving device called the Comaneci Embolization Assist Device, in the brain of a 53-year-old Palmdale woman.

According to the Ventura County Star, when doctors at Palmdale Regional Medical Center found a ruptured blood vessel in Maria Cram’s brain, she was flown by emergency helicopter to Los Robles Hospital stroke center.

There, doctors used the device to treat the aneurysm and try to prevent a second rupture that could potentially take Cram’s life.

Dr.Asif Taqi leads the stroke program at Los Robles. Instead of open brain surgery, he inserted a thin plastic tube into an artery in Cram’s groin. He used fluoroscopic images to thread it up to the aneurysm that swelled like a blood-filled balloon at the intersection of two blood vessels.

The device was approved in May by the FDA as a Temporary Coil Embolization Assist Device. The Comaneci is the first and only device in a new category of temporary coil embolization assist devices.

The device was developed by Israel-based Rapid Medical. Its name was inspired by Olympian gold medalist Nadia Comaneci, who became the first gymnast in Olympic history to be awarded the perfect score of 10.0 for her performance on the uneven bars at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

The company cites flexibility that allows the device to conform to a patient’s anatomy.