Vascular Neurosurgery at Mercy
Cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery deals with the treatment of diseases that affect the blood vessels of the brain and spinal cord. It also includes reducing the blood supply to some tumors affecting the central nervous system. A common vascular trauma is aneurysms, or an abnormal blood-filled bulge of a blood vessel or artery resulting from the weakening (as from disease) of the blood vessel wall.
Mercy is equipped with one of the few surgeons in the state of Iowa 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.
Mercy Vascular Neurosurgery Services and Treatments
Mercy is home to the only neurosurgeon in Des Moines trained to treat aneurysms with an endovascular approach, or with open surgery. In addition to this specialized treatment, Mercy offers care and consultation for:
- Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)
- Vascular Tumors
- Pre-operative embolization of brain and spinal tumors
Coil Embolization for Brain Aneurysm
This minimally-invasive procedure is used to treat an aneurysm (a bulge in the wall of an artery) inside the skull. Aneurysms can often become so large that they rupture or leak. In this procedure, a small, soft metal coil is placed inside the aneurysm to help block the flow of blood and prevent rupture.