This page highlights endovascular cases and research performed by University Neurosurgery, the Department of Neurosurgery at LSU Health Shreveport.
Most of the procedures performed by neurointerventional surgeons are made by inserting a small tube (microcatheter) into the groin after femoral artery puncture. This site allows us to reach the neck arteries, brain, and spinal cord. Another approach is called percutaneous, and it is performed by direct puncture of the skin. This approach is used to perform procedures related to the intervertebral disc, spine, and techniques of direct puncture of tumors and malformations of the skull base, head, and neck. Use of the latest generation digital angiograms allows us to perform a more detailed exploration of the vasculature in the region. The three-dimensional reconstructions that are obtained in this way allow a more precise planning of the procedure. In addition to the technological advancement of the angiograms, a rapid evolution of the materials used in the neurointerventional area has taken place. New and improved embolic materials and microcatheters that are as small as 0.3 mm in diameter allow us to navigate through arteries of less than 1 mm, giving us the ability to treat diseases were considered surgical. Neurointerventional Surgery has significantly reduced the need for open surgery of the brain and spine for vascular diseases, and in cases where it is still necessary, can help to reduce the risk of surgical bleeding. The use of endovascular techniques can treat many diseases, including brain and spinal cord arteriovenous malformations, brain and spinal dural fistulae, perimedullary fistulae, carotid-cavernous fistulae, brain aneurysms, vascular stenosis (intra- and extra-cranial), acute stroke , facial angiomas, de-vascularization of tumors in a pre-operative or palliative manner, all in children and adults. We are also able to perform percutaneous treatment of herniated disc, vertebral fractures, and spinal tumors, as well as angiomas and tumors of the skull base and head and neck region that are not accessible by endovascular surgery. On this page you will
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