A stroke can cause irreparable damage to your body. Its effects can lead to severe disability and or even death. If you fear that you or someone you love is experiencing a stroke, quick medical assistance is a must. Knowing the symptoms of a stroke and the treatments available can spell the difference between life and death. There are several procedures that exist to help you fight a stroke and Intra-Arterial Thrombectomy could be the right treatment for you.
An Overview of Strokes
Strokes occur when the blood flow to the brain stops and the brain’s cells begin to die. This loss of blood flow can be caused by a blockage in an artery (ischemic stroke) or a rupture in an arterial wall (hemorrhagic stroke). Several risk factors for a stroke, such as previous strokes or age, cannot be controlled, but others like obesity and smoking can be altered with a healthier lifestyle.
It’s extremely important to know the symptoms of a stroke. Identifying them quickly could decrease the risk of further damage to your body. If a stroke isn’t treated promptly, it could lead to severe cognitive loss, functional disability or even death. The symptoms include:
- Numbness of the face, legs or arms
- Vision trouble
- Abrupt dizziness and headaches
- Decreased equilibrium
- Trouble formulating and understanding speech
What Is An Intra-Arterial Thrombectomy?
IGEA Brain & Spine’s Intra-Arterial Thrombectomy is a minimally invasive neurosurgical procedure in which the obstruction preventing blood flow to the brain is removed. Upon eligibility for this treatment, you will be prepared for neurosurgery with anesthesia and pain medicine. A small incision will be made on the body to access an artery and a neurosurgeon will lead microscopic instrumentation to the problematic area to remove the blood clot. Intra-Arterial Thrombectomy’s minimally invasive nature will minimalize the scarring and recovery time known to affect open surgery patients.
Is This The Right Treatment For You?
An Intra-Arterial Thrombectomy is usually needed for patients who are not eligible for the first method of stroke treatment, a Tissue Plasminogen Activator (IV tPA). Other procedures can be administered in place of an Intra-Arterial Thrombectomy, and include:
- Balloon Angioplasty and Stent – the removal of an obstruction using a very small balloon and a scaffold
- Thrombolytic Therapy – the use of medicine to dissolve a blood clot
Know The Risks
It’s important to understand that risks exist with any surgical procedure. Neurosurgical treatments for strokes generally come with risks that include bleeding on site, allergic reactions to instrumentation, and seizures. Upon acceptance, your neurosurgeon will discuss the risks and possible outcomes for the treatment with you and your loved ones.
You Are Not Alone
We are here with you every step of the way. Our neurosurgeons are determined to help you bring health and normality back into your life. We are conveniently located in New Jersey so that you remain close to your family during treatment.