HCA Virginia June 13, 2019

Richmond, VA — HCA Virginia's Johnston-Willis Hospital has performed Central Virginia's first Woven EndoBridge, or WEB, device implantation, a new procedure offering patients a low-risk surgical option to treat brain aneurysms.

The FDA-approved device is carefully placed into the aneurysm using tiny specialized catheters similar to those used in the more commonly performed procedure known as coiling. The device is a basket made of very fine wire mesh. It acts as a plug inside the aneurysm, reducing the blood flow and preventing further bleeding.

Efstathios Spinos, M.D., a neurovascular specialist at Johnston-Willis Hospital, was the first in Central Virginia to place the device.

A brain aneurysm is a bulge or ballooning in the wall of a blood vessel inside the brain that can leak or rupture. According to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, an estimated six million people in the United States, or 1 in 50, have an un-ruptured brain aneurysm. Each year, there are almost 500,000 deaths worldwide caused by brain aneurysms, and half of the victims are younger than 50.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer this latest treatment option for patients and to remain leaders in neurological care throughout Central Virginia," said Zach McCluskey, Chief Executive Officer of Johnston-Willis Hospital. "This is yet another example of our level of commitment to those we serve."