Neuro-interventional Procedures- Minimally invasive ways to treat brain aneurysms

Problems involving blood vessels in the brain such as stroke and aneurysm are complex and often life-threatening. But much has evolved in the treatment of these disorders- thanks to catheter based procedures that go through the blood vessels to the brain. “Neuro-interventional procedures are basically minimally invasive ways to operate on cerebrovascular diseases that were traditionally not performed. A tiny incision is made near the hip, and a catheter is navigated inside the body to the brain- giving physicians the ability to treat blockages that can cause stroke or are involved in an acute stroke. We're able to use devices to break up the blood clot, or use medicines to break up the blood clot as well. Aneurysm- or a ballooning in the wall of a blood vessel- can also be treated. We're able to go in and using various devices, go in and block up the flow of blood to aneurysm using coils or we can use stents or balloons or other devices that are on the horizon to treat these aneurysms. Other uses for these procedures include cutting off the blood supply to a brain tumor before surgery, treating narrow blood vessels in the brain, stopping chronic nose bleeds, and many more. MUSC is one of only two facilities in the state that offer these options and is the place to go for comprehensive cerebrovascular care. With the positive results that have come out of endovascular treatments, the endo procedures have become more mainstream and opted for because they are much easier tolerated and allow folks to get back on their feet within days or weeks rather than months. If you have any questions about neuro-interventional procedures, call MUSChealth at 792-1414 or visit