Aneurysm Brain Surgery & Recovery

Updated February 21, 2017

Factors affecting aneurysm-related brain surgery include whether surgery is for ruptured or unruptured aneurysm, and the exact surgical technique used. Finally, permanent after-effects and some level of lasting disability remains a possibility in the case of aneurysm-prompted brain surgery.

Type of Surgery

Two particular factors--surgery for unruptured versus ruptured aneurysm, and type of surgical procedure used--affect the recovery time for aneurysm-related brain surgery. The recovery times differ somewhat between the two usual surgery techniques of coiling and clipping brain surgery.

Coiling versus Clipping

Coiling is the less invasive technique, clipping the more extreme. Recovery times tend to vary in correspondence with this difference.

Brain Surgery for Unruptured Aneurysm

With coiling surgery for unruptured aneurysms, one can anticipate hospital release 1-2 days after surgery. With clipping surgery, hospital release occurs somewhere between 3-5 days after surgery.

Brain Surgery for Ruptured Aneurysm

Patients in this situation usually need 10-14 days in intensive care recovery alone, with various potential follow-ups and therapies to follow.

Potential for Ongoing After-Effects

While the survival and recovery rates of brain aneurysm--particularly ruptured aneurysm--have steadily and dramatically improved in the past half-century, some long-term complications or disabilities still commonly occur. Some of these after-effects include fine motor control impairments, speech problems and cognitive difficulties.

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About the Author

A writer/editor since 1984, Christine Lebednik has spent much of her career in business and technical writing, and editing. Her consumer print and online articles include product descriptions for TDMonthly Online, book reviews for Catholic News Service, consumer reports for Consumer Search and works for various other publications. Lebednik received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Salem State College.