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.