Advanced stroke care to get you back to those you love

Advanced Treatment Options for Stroke

Fast evaluation and prompt treatment for stroke are vital to survival and recovery. There are a few different types of stroke, but because they are typically caused by a blood clot or blockage in the brain, they are often treated with similar techniques. CHI Memorial Stroke and Neuroscience Center offers advanced clinical treatment and the right technology to provide the highest level of care for stroke and other vessel related diseases. 

Dr. Lima performing thrombectomy

Dr. Jussie Lima, neuro-interventional and vascular neurologist, performing a thrombectomy.

Clot-Busting Medication – Tenecteplase (TNK, TNKase) is used to “bust” blood clots that cause a stroke. When it comes to stroke and the effectiveness of a clot-busting medication, there’s a narrow window of opportunity that can potentially lessen the condition’s life changing side effects. That’s why it’s critical to seek emergency help at the first signs of stroke. 

Thrombectomy – Thrombectomy is a type of minimally invasive surgery that’s used to remove a blood clot from inside an artery or vein. During the procedure, the physician inserts a catheter into the blood vessel to remove the blockage and restore proper blood flow. 

Endovascular Revascularization and Stenting – This evolving treatment option is used to disrupt or remove a blood clot in combination with medications that also break them apart. Stents are then used to hold open the artery at the site of a previous blockage. 

Cerebral Artery Bypass Surgery – This procedure is used to restore blood flow by connecting a blood vessel from outside the brain to a vessel inside the brain – rerouting blood flow around a blocked or damaged artery. 

The fields of neurosurgery and neuro-interventional radiology continue to evolve quickly. More vascular diseases throughout the body – particularly in the brain – can be treated through catheters inserted in the wrist or into the femoral artery. In some diseases, the endovascular procedure is an alternative to the open neurological surgery.