The team of vascular neurosurgical specialists at Norton Neuroscience Institute focuses on the treatment of blood vessels in the brain. These specialists are experienced in treating all disorders of the cerebrovascular system, such as stroke, aneurysm and other conditions. Some of the latest, most advanced treatments utilized by our team include complex aneurysm coiling through microsurgery, arteriovenous malformation (AVM) resection, carotid endarterectomy, embolization and frameless non-invasive stereotactic radiosurgery.
One of the latest approaches in the treatment of aneurysms, AVMs and other conditions that cause stroke or neurological damage is endovascular neurosurgery. This breakthrough technique allows our neurosurgical specialists access to diseased areas in the brain via catheters inserted through blood vessels. This minimally invasive technique is used to treat neurological conditions without craniotomy, or open surgery, which can mean less risk of complications and a shorter recovery.
Neuro-endovascular procedures provide maximum treatment benefits with minimal incisions
When treating cerebrovascular and other conditions, our goal is to provide the best, most effective treatments possible using the most current minimally invasive endovascular technology.
Our endovascular neurosurgeons insert a tiny, thin, flexible tube (catheter) into the patient's leg artery and thread it through the blood vessels. The surgeon uses X-rays and other imaging techniques to guide the catheter to the area of the body that needs treatment. This innovative technique allows the surgeon to provide treatment for neurological conditions with only a tiny incision, which can mean less risk of complications and a shorter recovery.
This is one technique used to treat brain aneurysm - an abnormal bulging in an artery in the brain that develops in a weak area of the blood vessel wall. An aneurysm can leak blood into other brain tissue, causing damage to brain cells; or it can rupture, which may cause a stroke or even death. Until recently, most brain aneurysms were treated by clipping off the bulging area during an open procedure (a large incision into the skull). Now, the most common and highly successful aneurysm treatment is an endovascular treatment known as coiling. A catheter is inserted into the patient's leg, then into the head to the aneurysm. Thin platinum coils are threaded into the aneurysm, filling it to block blood flow and keep it from rupturing. Patients receive this treatment - also known as embolization - under light sedation or general anesthesia. More than 125,000 patients around the world have been treated with a coiling procedure.
Though technology and minimally invasive surgical techniques are continually improving, some cerebrovascular conditions still require a traditional, open surgery. Your neurosurgeon can advise you on the most appropriate treatment for your condition.