Advanced Treatment for Stroke, Aneurysms, Brain Tumors
Centennial Hills Hospital offers a comprehensive range of neurological services, including the diagnosis and treatment of stroke, minimally invasive treatments for aneurysms and other complex neurological disorders, and advanced neurosurgery. These services enable our community to receive the care they need close to home.
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We perform minimally invasive procedures to treat stroke and other neurological diseases by utilizing neurointerventional radiology procedures in our biplane lab. Neurointerventional radiology involves gently threading a catheter the width of a spaghetti strand from the femoral artery to the brain to perform specialized procedures. Benefits for patients can include shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery times and less visible surgical scarring.
Some of the key neurological procedures available include:
- Thrombolytic therapy — using the catheter to dissolve a clot in the brain that is blocking blood flow.
- Endovascular coil treatment — using coils at the site of a brain aneurysm to induce clotting; this reduces the ability of the aneurysm to burst and cause a stroke.
- Endovascular therapy for large vessel occlusions (LVOs) — LVOs are a type of stroke resulting from the blockage of a major brain artery, decreasing blood flow to key areas of the brain.
- Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) — AVM is an unusual jumble of blood vessels connecting arteries and veins. In turn, this disrupts the normal flow of blood from the heart to the tissues via arteries, while veins return the blood from the tissues to the heart. Left untreated, the AVM could rupture, causing further medical complications of a stroke and hemorrhage in the brain, or brain damage.
Skull Base Neurosurgery
The most common abnormality that would require skull base surgery is a brain tumor, often benign. Skull base tumors are not a particular type, but lie in a particular location: near the bones of the skull that form the bottom of the head and the ridge behind the eyes and nose.
Another common problem that may require skull base surgery is an aneurysm, a localized enlargement of an artery caused by weakness in the arterial wall. Alternatives to surgery include chemotherapy, embolization and radiation. When these are not effective, surgery may be needed.
Doctors are unsure of what causes skull base tumors. In rare cases, they have been linked to radiation exposure or genetic factors. The cause of aneurysms at the base of the skull also is largely unknown; however, a small percentage are inherited defects. Cigarette smoking and high blood pressure can cause aneurysms to grow and bleed.
Surgeons at Centennial Hills Hospital take care to minimize the size of a bone opening during skull base surgery so that recovery may be faster. Refinements in skull base surgery techniques now allow our neurosurgeons to treat brain tumors that were previously thought to be inoperable.