The ideal treatment for intracranial aneurysms has been highly controversial in the last few decades. It is particularly difficult to decide between clipping vs. coiling when it comes to an aneurysm that has already been treated. The authors performed a review of the literature published in the last ten years amongst the main neurosurgical publications and make recommendations based on this evidence and the surgical experience of the eldest author of this paper (ES). A series of cases of recurrent, incompletely coiled aneurysms treated with surgery is presented. Conclusions: aneurysms with a convenient configuration and location for either clipping or coiling might be better managed by surgical clipping in young patients considering that this treatment achieves higher rates of occlusion with a lower incidence of rebleeding. In elderly patients, each case must be discussed.