Our Neuroscience Institute offers the emerging discipline of neurointervention, a minimally invasive treatment approach to certain brain conditions. Neurointerventional treatments are considered less invasive than more traditional surgical treatments and have been shown to yield optimal outcomes. In order to bring the benefits of these new techniques to our patients, we teamed with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, as well as expert community physicians specializing in the treatment of stroke.
Neurointerventional services expand our capabilities in the following important ways:
- We can treat blood clots in the brain through minimally invasive approaches such as delivering tPA clot-dissolving therapy directly to a blood clot, or removing the clot with retrieval devices such as Merci Trevo, Solitaire or Penumbra.
- We can further diagnose the causes of a stroke and provide recommendations for reducing future occurrences.
- We are also able to provide minimally invasive treatment of cerebral aneurysms, AV malformations and support these critically ill patients in the critical care unit.
How Does Neurointervention Work?
Whereas traditional surgeries require opening the skull and exposing the brain, neurointerventional procedures can be performed through a tiny incision. These procedures are made possible through imaging technology, which transmits images of the brain that provide the specialist with clear and accurate information throughout the procedure.
To treat conditions of the brain, a narrow catheter is inserted into the groin and then threaded up through the blood vessels to the affected area. Once the catheter is in place, the neurointerventionalist can deliver medications, stents or tiny clot removal devices directly to the problem area in the brain. Additionally, delivery of these can help eliminate a vascular abnormality from the circulation, thereby reducing the risk it may cause.
Some of this technology may also be used to reduce the blood supply to certain head and neck tumors, which may aid in the surgical removal of these tumors.
Many treatments for arterial narrowing or vascular malformations and aneurysms can be performed electively, which may prevent complications that can arise from the natural history of the abnormalities.
For referral to one of our neurointerventional experts, please call 1-800-216-5556 or use the Find a Doctor section on this website.