Neurointerventional surgery (otherwise known as neurointerventional radiology, interventional neuroradiology, endovascular surgical neuroradiology, and endovascular neurosurgery) is a subspecialty where advanced imaging and endovascular tools are used to work within the blood vessels themselves to treat the most life-threatening vascular diseases of the brain, head, neck, and spine.
Using minimally invasive techniques, our care team watches on real-time X-ray camera (fluoroscopy) and carefully navigates a variety of small catheters (polymer tubes) from an access site in the groin up to the vessels in the neck and brain. Through these catheters, and with these tools, they can perform an amazing repertoire of endovascular surgeries.
For instance, when a patient presents with an acute ischemic stroke and is found to have blockage of an artery in the brain, our team can open the vessel and restore normal blood flow by either pulling out the clot through the catheter or injecting medication directly into the clot to dissolve it.
When a patient has a ruptured brain aneurysm, and the anatomy is favorable, our team can navigate a catheter into the aneurysm itself, and pack it full of platinum coils to make it clot off, then remove the catheter and leave normal blood flow in the healthy vessels, thereby preventing further bleeding while avoiding the risks of open brain surgery.
These, and many other complex neurovascular disorders, are the focus and passion of our highly skilled neurointerventional surgeons, who share a deep commitment to provide the safest, most effective and most compassionate care to their patients and their families.
About Neurointerventional Surgery at CPMC
The California Pacific Neurointerventional Surgery Program at the Neuroscience Institute at CPMC in San Francisco features some of San Francisco’s top-rated Neurointerventional Surgeons and Neuroradiologists in Northern California. Providing personalized patient care using the most successful Neurosurgical options available is what we do best. CPMC is a member of the Sutter Health network.
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Neurointerventional Services Program
CPMC Davies Campus
45 Castro Street, Suite 421
San Francisco, CA 94114
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