Brain surgery on Monday, home on Tuesday

MAYWOOD, Ill. — Norma Wooley checked into Loyola University Hospital on a recent Monday morning for brain surgery to repair a life-threatening aneurysm.

She went home on Tuesday, cured of the slurred speech, drooping face and worst headache of her life.

Dr. John Whapham used a less-invasive technique that’s becoming increasingly common in brain surgery. The Loyola University Health System neurologist inserted a catheter (thin tube) in an artery in Wooley’s leg and guided it up to her brain. The catheter released tiny platinum coils into the bulging aneurysm, effectively sealing it off.

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