Endovascular Neurosurgery

Neurosurgical Specialists of West County

Neurosurgeons located in Saint Louis, MO

If you need surgery for a condition affecting your brain or spine, you may be exploring alternatives to traditional open surgery. The team at Neurosurgical Specialists of West County in St. Louis, perform endovascular neurosurgery to treat aneurysms, AVM’s and other vascular lesions of the brain and spine. This type of surgery offers speedier recovery times and less discomfort than open surgery. To find out whether you’re a candidate for this minimally invasive option, call today.

Endovascular Neurosurgery Q & A

What is endovascular neurosurgery? 

Endovascular neurosurgery involves the use of small tools and thin tubes, called catheters, to treat a variety of conditions affecting your brain and spine. Performing surgery in this fashion avoids the need for large surgical incisions. Large incisions tend to be more painful, increase your risk of infection, and require longer recovery times. 

During endovascular neurosurgery, your surgeon works in a specialized suite using advanced radiologic imaging.

What are the benefits of endovascular neurosurgery?

Endovascular neurosurgery provides several advantages over traditional surgery. These benefits include:

  • Shorter recovery time
  • Needlestick instead of a surgical incision
  • Less discomfort 
  • Less stress on your heart
  • Decreased risk of infection

The doctor may perform endovascular neurosurgery in some instances before open surgery to help minimize the risk of microsurgical procedures.

During your appointment at Neurosurgical Specialists of West County, your provider helps you determine if you’re a good candidate for endovascular neurosurgery. Call the office to find out more. 

What can endovascular neurosurgery treat?

The doctor may recommend a minimally invasive procedure to treat conditions affecting your brain or spine, including:

  • Tumors
  • Aneurysms
  • Trauma
  • Arteriovenous malformation in the brain

What happens during endovascular neurosurgery?

Your surgeon inserts a long tube called a catheter into an artery in the groin by way of a single needle stick. These catheters are then advanced into the arteries of the brain or spine while the surgeon watches on specialized X-ray equipment.

Once the catheter is in the correct position, special devices called stents, coils or special glue are deployed through the catheter to repair the artery or seal off any blood vessel abnormality.

At the end of the procedure, the catheter is removed and covered with a simple band aid. Most patients go home the day after the procedure and resume full activity within a week.

To learn more about endovascular neurosurgery, call the office today to schedule an appointment with an expert practitioner.