Aneurysms of the vertebrobasilar system remain among the most challenging subsets of aneurysms to treat with an open surgical approach. Since Charles Drake’s pioneering work in the 1960s, several advances in microsurgical techniques have improved outcomes and feasibility in the open surgical management of these aneurysms. In parallel, the field of endovascular neurosurgery has provided several safe and effective treatment options. Multiple trials have suggested that endovascular therapy for aneurysms of the vertebrobasilar system is superior to open surgical management in most cases. In some instances, however, open surgical management likely represents a more effective and durable option relative to endovascular therapy. Therefore, continued training of future cerebrovascular specialists in open surgery of vertebrobasilar aneurysms remains crucial. With widespread utilization of endovascular techniques, however, proper exposure of trainees to such aneurysms is growing increasingly difficult. In this review, we discuss the recent advances in the endovascular management of vertebrobasilar aneurysms while also emphasizing the continued importance of open microneurosurgery in such cases.
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