Gundersen neurointerventionalists focus on diagnosing and treating conditions that occur within the blood vessels of your brain or spine. Neurointerventional procedures involve inserting tiny, flexible tubes called catheters into blood vessels in the groin area and up into the blood vessels leading to the brain. This allows the doctor to treat blood vessel disorders that can affect the nervous system, such as stroke.
Neurointerventional procedures are minimally invasive, which means they can be done through smaller incisions and, in general, provide for less pain following the procedure, smaller scars, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to your daily activities. Not all conditions are treated with a neurointerventional procedure. A comprehensive team approach is used to assess patients and determine the care that is most appropriate for them.
Conditions we treat
- Acute stroke
- Ruptured and unruptured brain aneurysms
- Intracranial stenosis (narrowing of the blood vessels within the brain)
- Carotid artery stenosis (narrowing of vessels supplying the brain)
- Blood vessel malformation within the brain called cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM)
Procedures we perform
- Intra-arterial (IA) thrombolysis for stroke patients
- Mechanical clot extraction
- Carotid and vertebral artery stenting
- Stenting for blockages in vessels leading to the brain, including the carotid, vertebral and intracranial arteries
- Epistaxis embolization for chronic, severe nose bleeds
- Spinal vascular malformations