Neuroendovascular stroke surgery uses catheters to quickly reopen blocked arteries in the brain. This procedure can be done in as little as 20 minutes. The degree to which a patient recovers depends in large part on the amount of time that has elapsed since the artery was blocked.
Recent studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine have proven that neuroendovascular stroke surgery is highly effective at treating ischemic stroke patients who have a severe stroke known as an emergent large vessel occlusion (ELVO)—a clot that is blocking a large vessel and cutting off significant blood flow to the brain.
This stroke surgery results in less disability and fewer deaths. A study from the American Academy of Neurology found that severe stroke patients gain a week of healthy life for every minute saved in getting them the proper care.
Issues of Access
Currently, less than 10% of patients who could benefit from this life-saving treatment actually receive it. Most patients do not have access because of inadequate or nonexistent local stroke system of care protocols. The Get Ahead of Stroke campaign is working to improve patient access to neuroendovascular stroke surgery.