Using state-of-art technology in combination with the latest medical devices and proven techniques, conditions that formerly required skull opening and surgical treatment can now be approached safely with minimally invasive techniques from inside the blood vessels themselves.
Through a small incision in the groin, a variety of catheters (long polymer tubes) and devices can be navigated under X-ray guidance (fluoroscopy) into the arteries throughout the body to treat without the need to open the skull. Several types of devices (coils, stents, angioplasty balloons, clot removal devices) can be placed into vessels via these catheters to treat many vascular conditions of the brain and spine.
Compared to traditional surgery, these procedures result in shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times. In addition, interventional neuroradiologists at Hoag use advanced CT and MRI techniques in the planning stages of each patient’s treatment.