The Contour Device

1st in Asia: Deadly headache treated with contour device

Unique treatment at Global Hospitals, Mumbai

Constant headache is a red flag. Do not neglect it, seek timely medical intervention- Dr Nitin Dange of Global Hospitals

MUMBAI, Jan 25 (The CONNECT) - Headaches, in most cases are not meant to last for a longer time and are harmless. But they can be deadly.

A 56-year-old woman from Mumbai almost lost her life as she didn’t take her headache seriously and suffered from a brain aneurysm.

A brain aneurysm also known as a cerebral or intracranial aneurysm can be termed as a spot of weakness of a brain artery. It is like a balloon on an artery. Since the wall of the artery is weakened due to an aneurysm, it can rupture too. A ruptured aneurysm leads to bleeding into the brain causing a haemorrhagic stroke. The typical symptoms are a sudden onset of headache, loss of consciousness, and drowsiness.

Kanchan Darge was busy with her daily routine when she suddenly experienced a headache. After ruling it out as a normal one, she popped a pill and continued with her chores. Later, her family members panicked as she was jolted out of her normal life. Due to unbearable pain, the patient was admitted to a private hospital in 2017, where open brain surgery was performed on her for a right-sided brain aneurysm. The patient had developed left-sided half of body weakness and speech difficulty after this surgery.

Then she was brought to Global Hospitals, Parel, Mumbai as she insisted treatment for another side mirror aneurysm without surgery and least risky and she was treated with minimally invasive endovascular treatment using contour device for the first time in Asia, the hospital said. Thus, she was saved due to timely treatment by a team led by Dr Nitin Dange, Senior Consultant - Endovascular Neurosurgeon, Global Hospitals, Mumbai.

A patient brought almost brain dead at Global Hospitals was saved due to the timely treatment by the doctors.

A team headed Dr Nitin Dange, Senior Consultant - Endovascular Neurosurgeon, Global Hospitals, Mumbai treated her with a procedure using a Contour device. The patient who was also Covid positive did not have any neurological problems and resumed her daily routine.

Dr Dange said “This patient was admitted with severe headache and drowsiness. Her tests revealed that she was Covid positive, and was in the Covid ICU for further management. By adhering to the Covid protocol, she was offered a new technique by the intervention -without open surgery - for the aneurysm. The new device called contour was explained to the relatives as well as the patient.

The intrasaccular device fits into the neck of the aneurysm to stop the blood flow into the aneurysm and successfully treat it. The procedure by contour device helps in a complex aneurysm that arises at the branching of the main vessels present in the brain and prevents it from rupturing. It is safe, heals the aneurysm naturally, and the post-operative requirement of blood-thinning medications is minimal. The procedure was performed for two hours and she was discharged without any neurological issues with the aneurysm secured, Dr Dange said.

A headache that lasts for a longer duration is a warning sign. Pay attention to this minute symptom and get yourself treated, he said.

Kanchan, who self-medicated for her headache, said she was habituated to take painkillers and tried home remedies. “After the Apollo treatment, I am in the best of health. I want to urge people not to commit the same mistake which I did. I didn’t discuss my problem with my family. They got to know about it only when my health worsened,” she said and advised others: Don’t ignore drowsiness and get a timely diagnosis. She profusely thanked doctors and her family for the support.

"Global Hospitals is always at the forefront when it comes to providing round-the-clock care and treatment to the patients. The hospital has become a world-class healthcare facility owing to its clinical and technological advancements on par with global standards to address the needs of people,” said  Dr Vivek Talaulikar, CEO of Global Hospitals Mumbai.

The procedure performed via device will motivate people across India and other countries to seek advanced medical treatment here, Dr Talaulikar added.

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