Life-Restoring Stroke Treatment
June 04, 2018
A new treatment called “Thrombectomy” is a game-changer in treatment of stroke. A few years back, we did not have any treatment. Now we have this new device that allows us to treat stroke patients, miraculously, in 80% of the time so they can go back home and be functional.
The treatment is very simple. We travel through the artery of the groin, under extra guidance, with advanced 3D imaging, so we know where we are going. Essentially, it is like a GPS for the body. Once we decide and define the location of the clot, we thread a small tiny wire with a small plastic tube called a catheter, which travels through the artery and eventually goes where the clot is sitting inside the brain artery. Once we confirm the exact location, we’re able to travel through the clot. Once we are across the clot, we deploy a stent, which is designed to engulf the clot. After three to five minutes, we pull the stent out, which has a wire attached to it, and after that, the blood flow is restored. The procedure is 15 to 20 minutes, if done in a timely fashion.
The advantage of this procedure is, almost, 60 to 70 percent of the time these patients return to their normal, independent function.