Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend offers patients the latest techniques in endovascular neurosurgery, a sub-specialty that uses minimally invasive catheter technology to diagnose and treat complex cerebrovascular disorders. Our new biplane imaging suite further enhances our ability to care for patients with stroke, vascular disease, aneurysms and other complex neurological conditions.
During endovascular coiling, the neurosurgeon inserts a catheter into the femoral artery and navigates through the vascular system to the aneurysm. A thin platinum wire is threaded through the catheter and into the aneurysm. The flexible wire forms coils and conforms to the aneurysm shape, blocking blood flow to the aneurysm and preventing rupture. The minimally invasive procedure can be performed under general anesthesia or light sedation.
During angioplasty, a balloon-tipped catheter is guided to the area of blockage and inflated. As the balloon expands, it forces the fatty plaque against the arterial wall, opening the vessel. In some cases, a stent is left to prop open the artery.
In endovascular embolization, or "gluing," the surgeon guides a catheter through the arterial network until the tip reaches the affected site. The surgeon introduces a substance to plug the malformation, correcting the abnormal pattern of blood flow.
- Innovative care, close to home; patients avoid travel to San Francisco or Portland
- Faster recovery time
- Less pain, bleeding and scarring
- More options for patients who are not candidates for open surgery
Neuro Biplane Suite
The GE Innova Biplane imaging suite provides rotational angiography and fast, more precise 3D navigation that can be viewed on several digital flat screens both inside and outside the operating area. The technology is capable of producing cross-sectional images like a CT scan. The dramatically improved visualization cuts operating time, which means less radiation, fewer injections of contrast dye, and lower likelihood of complications.
Endovascular Neurosurgery Staff
Erik F. Hauck, MD, PhD
- Director, Neurointerventional Stroke Program, Staff Neurosurgeon and Interventional Neuroradiologist, Sacred Heart Medical Center
- Board Certified, Neurological Surgery
- Fellowship Trained, Endovascular Neurosurgery and Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery
Dr. Hauck on Endovascular Neurosurgery