Neuroendovascular Surgery - Bronson Healthcare

Neuroendovascular Surgery

An innovative and advanced approach to stroke treatment

When a stroke interrupts blood flow to your brain, it's important to get to the hospital right away. The more time that passes before starting treatment, the greater the chance that your brain will be damaged.

To reduce potential damage from a stroke, treatment begins with a clot busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA). If administered within the first three hours after symptoms begin, the stroke can often be stopped with little or no damage.

In addition, if you or your loved one is suffering from a complex stroke or aneurysm, you’ll be treated by Dr. Taka Higashimori, one of the only neuroendovascular surgeons in Michigan. Dr. Higashimori specializes in advanced techniques to remove clots and repair aneurysms in ways that allow you to recover more quickly than traditional brain surgery. 

Bronson Methodist Hospital is one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care (Healthgrades, 2017) and is certified by The Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. 

Conditions we treat

Our doctors perform traditional neurosurgery as well as newer approaches and minimally invasive procedures. Here are several conditions that can be treated without opening up your skull or spine:

If you need care for a condition not listed here, consult with one of our neurosurgery providers.

Treatments for brain and spine health

Our neuroendovascular team uses a combination of high-tech imaging equipment and minimally invasive procedures to repair damage and open blockages. Your treatment may include:

  • Acute stroke treatment – Finds and removes clots that are causing a stroke using an image of the brain and it’s vessels
  • Endovascular embolization – A small tube is placed in the artery near the aneurysm. For coil embolization, soft metal coils are then moved through the tube into the aneurysm, filling the aneurysm and making it less likely to rupture. In mesh embolization, mesh is placed in the aneurysm, reducing blood flow to the aneurysm and making it less likely to rupture. These procedures are less invasive than surgery.
  • Intracranial angioplasty and stenting – Finds and removes clots as well as opens narrowed vessels guided by a digital image of your brain
  • Pain management – This can include medication as well as more specialized pain management like cervical epidural injections, where a needle is used to inject pain medicines around the area of the spine that may be causing pain.
  • Spine augmentation – Treats pain associated with a compression fracture usually caused by osteoporosis.
    • Kyphoplasty – Guided by an X-ray, the surgeon inserts a needle with a tiny balloon into the fracture site. The balloon is inflated and creates a cavity that is then filled with cement. This stabilizes the bone and restores the shape and proper curve to the bone.

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