OU Medicine Patient Second in the Country Treated with Lifesaving Stent

Thursday, October 5th, 2017, 1pm

In a single day in November 2015, Norman resident Leslie Whiles survived seven brain aneurysms – three of which were bleeding – and surgery to repair them at OU Medical Center. But one aneurysm remained in her brain until just this year.

On Sept. 28th, Whiles underwent one of the first surgeries of its kind in the United States to prevent the rupture of her remaining brain aneurysm. OU Medicine neurosurgeon Dr. Bradley Bohnstedt placed the Pulserider stent in her brain through a noninvasive catheter procedure. Without performing open-brain surgery, Bohnstedt guided the stent through Whiles’ groin and up to her brain where it now reinforces the walls of the artery where the aneurysm formed.

The PulseRider stent is designed to be fully retrievable and repositionable and address a previously unmet need in treating complex brain aneurysms. Aneurysms can be deadly or life altering if they rupture.

A day after Bohnstedt placed the stent, Whiles returned home. She’ll now share her experience with her neurosurgeon during a news briefing at OU Medical Center.



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