How is surgery used to treat a stroke?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

In some cases, surgery may be an option to help treat a stroke. For hemorrhagic strokes, surgery may be used to either control bleeding in the brain or to prevent another hemorrhage from occurring. Especially for people with an aneurysm, doctors may perform surgery to keep it from rupturing or bleeding more. Common surgical procedures for aneurysms include aneurysm clipping or coiling. For ischemic strokes, surgery may be used to remove a blockage from an artery. Possible procedures include a carotid endarterectomy, which aims to remove fat buildup in an artery, and angioplasty, which aims to widen an artery.

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