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Interventional Neurology Services
Loyola neuro-interventionalists and neurosurgeons with special training in minimally invasive procedures offer image-based diagnoses and treatment for diseases of the brain and spine. Neuro-interventional services are an integral part of the Loyola neurosciences program. Our neuro-interventional specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year to provide this unique, subspecialty care.
Neuro-interventional treatment of vascular conditions (such as carotid artery stenosis and intracranial stenosis) is accomplished with microcatheters (tiny plastic tubes) that are inserted through small incisions in the patient’s groin area and threaded through the blood vessels to reach the brain. In this way, a neuro-interventionalist can provide a variety of treatments such as:
- Placing metallic coils in brain aneurysms to prevent them from rupturing
- Delivering clot-busting medication to open up arteries or veins of stroke victims
- Stopping the blood supply to a brain tumor prior to surgery
- Opening up arteries of the brain with a stent (small tube)
- Treating compression fractures of the spine by injecting cement into fractured vertebrae
- Diagnostic angiographies (adult and pediatric)
- Assessment for Moyamoya disease
- Artery stenosis and intracranial stenosis
- Carotid artery angiography
Increasingly, Loyola neuro-interventionalists provide healing procedures that are effective alternatives to traditional, open surgery.
The neuro-interventional services program at Loyola University Health System also is integrated with other programs. Our specialists maintain close collaboration with neurosurgeons, neurologists, otolaryngologists (physicians trained in the treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders) and other specialists to treat a wide range of diseases and design the best treatment approach for each patient. Many times neuro-interventional procedures are offered in preparation for surgery or radiation, or in combination with surgery and other treatments.