Neurointervention is a treatment to conditions that occur within the vessels of the brain or within the spinal cavity. It can be used in place of invasive procedures which requires the opening of the skull of exposing the spinal column, neurointervention procedure are minimally invasive, meaning they can be accomplished through a tiny incision no bigger than the size of a coin.
In case there is a problem affecting the brain, the surgeon will first insert a catheter resembling long tube into the groin and thread it up through the vessels at the problem site. Once the catheter is in place depending on the condition the surgeon can deliver medications or utilize the medical device to accomplish treatment.
For spinal anomalies resulting from a compression fracture, tumor of the spine or narrowing of the spinal canal, the surgeon will insert cannulas resembling like a tube, directly to the problem site and work through then to lessen any pressure on the nerve region in order to relieve the patients of pain.
In both the cases, the surgeon uses the minimally invasive technique which also transmits internal images of the brain or the spine on a large screen where the procedure is carried out throughout the procedure allowing them to clearly visualize the problem area.
There are best possible treatment outcomes even when the neurointerventional treatment is considered as less invasive than other traditional methods hence are more attractive options to patients.
There are many conditions of brain and spine which can be treated with neurointerventional procedures, some of them are:
- Spinal compression fractures
Although this technique is not fit for all treatment for every individual patient case that falls within this category, these surgical technique has proven benefits over traditional treatments, benefits like:
- Shorter recovery time
- Fewer complications
- Less post-operative pain