Brain aneurysm survivor teaching kids new life lessons

Source: Central

Five years after losing his wife, Elaine, to cancer, Ray Soroka received shocking news about his own health. At age 65, he was diagnosed with a large brain aneurysm.

“I remember feeling something ‘snap’ in my head and upper chest,” Soroka said. “After that, I had a dull headache for almost a week. To be safe, I went to get checked out by the neurologist. That’s when an angiogram revealed I had a brain aneurysm.”

Soroka was referred to Kyle Chapple, M.D., a board-certified neurosurgeon at Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS) for treatment.

When the size and shape of Soroka’s aneurysm, particularly its wide base, ruled out the viability of using traditional stents or coils, Dr. Chapple brought a new idea to the table.

“Ray was the perfect candidate for a new device called the Woven EndoBridge (WEB) aneurysm embolization system,” Dr. Chapple said. “This FDA-approved device is essentially a self-expanding mesh ball. It’s placed into the aneurysm using a minimally invasive procedure and blocks blood flow to the aneurysm.”

Soroka’s surgery marked the first time the WEB aneurysm embolization system was used by any of the leading neurosurgeons at ANS, Overlook Hospital or Atlantic Health System.

After the procedure, Soroka was back home the following day: “I had virtually no recovery time,” he says.

In just 10 days, I was cleared to exercise and, most important, lift my grandkids.

“Like my grandson said, ‘Pop Pop isn’t broken anymore.’

Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (ANS) is New Jersey’s largest neurosurgical practice, one of the most advanced in the country and a proud partner of Altair Health. Visit them online at

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