When you have a condition that affects both the nerves or brain (neuro) and the blood vessels or arteries (vascular), Baptist Health System is proud to provide advanced services through The Brain and Stroke Network.
The term neuroendovascular indicates a type of minimally invasive surgery that can be an effective approach for conditions that affect the brain and spinal cord.
What Are Neuroendovascular Disorders?
A person might need neuroendovascular surgery for the following disorders or conditions:
- Arteriovenous malformation
- Arteriovenous fistulas of the brain and spine
- Vascular disorders
Neuroendovascular Treatments and Procedures
Advancements in imaging of the brain can make it possible to detect neurological conditions that are candidates for neuroendovascular surgery. In a neuroendovascular treatment, the physician threads small catheters through arteries and veins to repair
lesions from inside the blood vessel. As with other minimally invasive treatments, the result can lead to shorter recovery times. Examples of neuroendovascular treatments include expanding the blood vessel to allow for flow with:
- Platinum coil
- Stent-assisted coiling
- Balloon remodeling
- Mechanical thrombectomy
- Carotid stent
- Cerebral angiogram
Other options include endovascular embolization where a glue-like substance is delivered into the blood vessel to stop abnormal blood flow.
Neuroendovascular procedures may also be used to diagnose conditions by delivering dyes or treatments to the brain, spinal cord or nerves, making it easier for doctors to see exact areas of impeded blood flow.
Neuroendovascular surgery may be used to treat an evolving stroke by opening the blocked blood vessels. Learn more about our stroke services and comprehensive stroke center.
Comprehensive Neurological Care
The Brain and Stroke Network of Baptist Health System in San Antonio has the experts and the technology to treat complex neurological episodes and conditions. Teams include physicians who specialize in:
- Vascular medicine
- Interventional radiology
All Baptist Hospitals have Primary Stroke Center Certification, which puts patients close to excellent care all over the city of San Antonio. Awards and accreditations include:
Stroke Patient Navigator
A dedicated stroke patient navigator provides support and education to patients and their loved ones on the stroke journey from the initial event through rehabilitation. Our nurse navigator
is also helpful with communication with the doctors and helping patients anticipate and prepare to handle any changes or challenges going forward after a stroke.
Stroke recovery is a process, and our teams support patients in moving forward with as much mobility and as little pain as possible. The Baptist Inpatient Stroke Rehab Center is the only CARF-accredited
facility in San Antonio. (CARF stands for Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.) Rehabilitation teams include certified rehab nurses, stroke specialists and consultants.