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Independence woman undergoes
innovative aneurysm procedure
“You go inside the aneurysm
and ﬁ ll it with soft coils to pre-
vent it from rupturing,” Kayan
said. “The problem is, if you’re
doing this with an aneurysm with
a wide neck or at a branch point
with two arteries coming off it,
the coils can come off, plug up the
branch, and cause a stroke.”
That was the concern with
Skoog-Edholm’s aneurysm, as it
was both wide-necked, and at a
For that reason, Kayan opted to
wait for the FDA to approve the
WEB device. That occurred in
January, and Skoog-Edholm un-
derwent the procedure in Febru-
In the meantime, Kayan treated
a smaller aneurysm that Skoog-
Edholm had by utilizing the coil
Living with an aneurysm was
an unnerving experience, partly
because of Skoog-Edholm’s fam-
“My grandma, aunt, and cous-
ins all passed away from rup-
tured aneurysms,” she said. “ . .
. It was scary. You get depressed.
Nancy Skoog-Edholm underwent an innovative procedure to treat an an-
I’ve always been so active. I felt so eurysm.
A headache may have saved an Independence
“It felt like someone was squeezing a belt around
my head,” Nancy Skoog-Edholm said. “My blood
pressure was off the charts. My sister took me to
Ridgeview. They did a CT scan. They were able to
see an aneurysm.”
Meningitis was causing the headache that Sep-
tember day, but the discovery of the aneurysm
was more dier.
It led to Skoog-Edholm being one of the ﬁ rst
people in the country to receive the Woven Endo-
Bridge, or WEB, and the ﬁ rst person to undergo
the procedure at Abbott Hospital.
Dr. Yasha Kayan performed the procedure.
Kayan explained that an aneurysm is a weak
spot in the artery that can balloon outwards, and
it’s more common than most people think.
“Probably 5 percent of the population has a
brain aneurysm,” Kayan said. “Most don’t rup-
ture. There are some that are at a higher risk of
Based on that risk, doctors determine the most
One is surgical clipping, where a surgeon blocks
blood ﬂ ow to the aneurysm by applying a small
metal clip to its base. That method requires the
opening of the skull to access the brain and blood
“Now, we can treat them noninvasively from in-
side the vessels,” Kayan said.
The traditional treatment for a brain aneurysm
is with coiling.
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