Hayden to have surgery at Hopkins Sunday

May 17, 1994|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden said last night that he will re-enter Johns Hopkins Hospital on Sunday for surgery to remove malformed blood vessels that cause bleeding in his head and vision loss.

Mr. Hayden, who is resting this week at a relative's eastern Baltimore county home after medical tests last week, said in a telephone interview that he has decided to have surgery to end the congenital problem called vascular malformation.

The 49-year old county executive said he was told to expect a 10-day hospital stay and at least two weeks of recuperation at home.

He said nausea, balance problems and hot flashes have continued to make him uncomfortable since he underwent an angiogram and magnetic resonance imaging test last week at Hopkins. "It hasn't been fun," he said.

Mr. Hayden left Hopkins Friday.

His right-side vision has not improved, he said, although it has now been more than a week since a blood vessel ruptured in his head.

The thought of having surgery is frightening, Mr. Hayden said. "Anyone who says it's not frightening to go under surgery isn't telling the truth. Sure it is," he said.

In the end, he said, the decision to have the surgery "got to be pretty simple for me." He has spent time since Friday discussing the situation with his two grown daughters and with his brother and sister.

"It's better to do this now than wait for something else to develop," Mr. Hayden said.

Despite his discomfort, Mr. Hayden conferred twice yesterday with county Administrative Officer Mereen E. Kelly about the county budget, which is under final consideration by the County Council.

Mr. Hayden rejected the council's proposal to use money cut from the budget to hire more police officers than those already provided for in the $1.26 billion spending plan.

"We've built up the police force," he said. "By October, we'll have more cops on the street than any time in the history of Baltimore County."

On May 8, Mr. Hayden awoke with a headache, a symptom of the problem he has been aware of since it was diagnosed 20 years ago. His police bodyguard took him to St. Joseph Hospital in Towson. Later that day, he was moved to Hopkins.

A description of the operation was not available last night from Dr. Daniele Rigamonte, the neurosurgeon treating Mr. Hayden.

Another specialist said such an operation consists of surgically removing a small piece of the skull, then cutting away the malformed blood vessels that are on the surface of the brain. Heat is used to seal the wounds and prevent further bleeding, said Dr. Gary Steinberg, chief of cerebro-vascular surgery at Stanford University Medical Center in California.

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