Stroke occurs when blood vessels to the brain are blocked (ischemic stroke) or burst (hemorrhagic stroke). This prevents oxygen from reaching the brain and damage can begin within minutes. The parts of the body controlled by the section of the brain affected will no longer work properly.
Recent studies demonstrate the benefits of rapid clot removal to a patient’s recovery. Guthrie’s stroke team is skilled in performing clot lysis and retrieval using endovascular techniques – which have shown significantly improved outcomes.
This represents an important service to our community as time is of the essence when dealing with stroke. For best results, these intervention techniques need to be performed within a window of 6-8 hours after the onset of stroke symptoms. Because Guthrie can perform these procedures, our community no longer needs to travel outside the region for the best care.
Similarly, cerebrovascular disorders affect the blood vessels and arteries that supply the brain, but come in many forms. These include:
- Arterial Venous Malformations (AVMs)
- Carotid issues
- Cerebral aneurysms
- Cerebrovascular disease
- Dural AV fistulas
Each of these represent potentially serious conditions that can be life threatening. The team at Guthrie are highly trained in treating these issues utilizing the latest technology and techniques. Our surgeons will develop a unique plan designed to maximize your outcomes and may include such interventions as surgical clipping, endovascular coiling, and other minimally invasive techniques. Today, open craniotomy procedures are being replaced with less-invasive catheter-based techniques that are performed through a needle stick.
And with the addition of the new bi-plane neuroangiography technology, our treatment options continue to expand.