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Doc Talk: New technology to fix aneurysms

Doc Talk: New technology to fix aneurysms.

A local woman is calling herself a “blessed lady” after a recent scar with a regrown brain aneurysm.

Newschannel 3’s Erica Mokay talks about the time and technology that were critical to saving her in this episode of Doc Talk.

Julie Noteboom has a new appreciation for her health and life.

Noteboom said, “I think I need to take some more time to maybe smell the roses. I think I’m thinking that right now.”

She had a brain aneurysm in 2010 and a few months ago, she learned it came back and was bigger than before.

“My daughter graduated from college this year and I’ve got… I have a very busy job, life and a family and a husband and that was not in my plan,” Noteboom said.

“To some extent, it is kind of a ticking time bomb,” Dr. Michael Adix, an interventional neuro-radiologist at Borgess Medical Center said. “We try not to tell people that because then they get scared, but you can’t, you know, you can’t tell them with any certainty that that aneurysm couldn’t rupture at any time. So, you have to take it very seriously.”

Because of where her aneurysm was located in the brain, Adix knew fixing it would be complicated. He also knew a new cutting-edge device would be the best bet in treating it.

That device is called the Neuroform Atlas Stent. It allows doctors to better maneuver around tight bends without kinking.

They say timing is everything and played an important role in Julie’s case. She got the news about her aneurysm in November, the new stent was approved by the FDA in January and she was on the operating table by March.

“Had she come around a year earlier, we would have had to have tried to treat her aneurysm using an old device and something that may have not been the ideal thing to do, may have had a higher risk of complications and may not have been able to have been as successful as we were by using this new device,” said Adix.

Julie is one of the first patients in the state to be treated with this device. Prior to her interview, she told Newschannel 3’s Erica Mokay she hadn’t realized just how lucky she really is.

“Sometimes things are meant to be,” Noteboom said. “And I’m so grateful that it could happen right here, so close to home.”

Borgess Medical Center has done more cases with the Atlas Stent than any other hospital in Michigan. It is also in the top 10 for the number of cases in the entire country.

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