Mercy is equipped with central Iowa's only fellowship-trained vascular neurosurgeon, Dr. Einar Bogason. Dr. Bogason is one of the few surgeons in the state trained in 'clipping' or 'coiling' an aneurysm, stopping the aneurysm from rupturing or bleeding more. This procedure often stops irreparable damage to the brain. The procedure requires only a small incision in the groin and a catheter is used to complete the 'coiling'. After the procedure, patients wake up with little to no discomfort and are often discharged home the next day.
In addition to aneurysms, our vascular neurosurgery program also treats arteriovenous malformations (AVM), vascular tumors and brain and spinal tumor embolizations.