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Inside the Operating Room, Tonight on 27 News at 10

Posted: Updated: May 13, 2014 03:59 PM
JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- One in 50 Americans is living with a brain aneurysm, according to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

Dr. Chris Sturm, a neurosurgeon at Mercy Health System in Janesville, said brain aneurysms can be treated through a surgery in which they're "clipped."

Sturm said an aneurysm is a swollen artery in the brain. As blood continues to flow into the aneurysm the artery gets bigger.

If the aneurysm bursts, a person can be killed or left with lifelong, neurological disabilities.

"When you do brain surgery, it's very high precision. It's under a microscope and it's very orchestrated and exacting," Sturm said.

Clipping surgery installs a clip at the base of the aneurysm to prevent any more blood from entering it. But Sturm said the surgery is tricky. Doctors also must make sure not to clip blood flow to any other arteries. He said that could cause a stroke.

Sturm added not all aneurysms burst. The Brain Aneurysm foundation reports only 8 to 10 of every 100-thousand brain aneurysms will rupture.

"When you know you have an aneurysm but it hasn't ruptured, you're saddled with the burden of, 'Should I have it clipped? Or should I let it be and roll the dice that it hopefully doesn't rupture?'" Sturm said.

Tonight at 10, 27 News will take you inside the operating room as Sturm performs a complex surgery to clip two aneurysms.

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