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Cerebrovascular surgery

Cerebrovascular surgery refers to specialized surgery on the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain. Geisinger’s neurologists, neurosurgeons and radiologists work as a team to diagnose and treat brain aneurysm, stroke and other problems with the brain’s blood vessels.

We offer a variety of leading-edge techniques, minimally invasive incisions and enhanced recovery after surgery including less-invasive endovascular techniques, to make repairs from inside the blood vessel. These techniques use tiny incisions and result in faster recovery and fewer complications.

What you should know about cerebrovascular surgery:

  • We can treat complex cerebrovascular conditions using less-invasive endovascular or open surgical techniques. The conditions we treat include:
    • Aneurysms: a weakness or bulge in a blood vessel
    • Hemorrhages: uncontrolled and dangerous bleeding in the brain
    • Vascular malformation: a high-flow tangle of blood vessels that can lead to seizures or stroke
    • Cavernous vascular malformations: a low flow vascular mass that can also lead to seizures or bleeding into the brain
    • Carotid stenosis: narrowing of the main artery to your brain
    • Cavernous carotid fistulas: an eye condition, sometimes resulting from a head trauma
  • Our specialists also treat strokes in a variety of ways. We offer the full spectrum of treatment options, from medicine to endovascular techniques.

Why choose Geisinger for cerebrovascular surgery?

  • Multiple ways to treat brain aneurysms: We provide the most advanced care for brain aneurysms, including:
    • Endovascular coiling: Also known as endovascular embolization, it is an alternative to surgery. A neurosurgeon threads a catheter that holds a spiral piece of wire from the groin to the aneurysm. They release the coil of wire into the aneurysm. The blood begins to clot around the coil, which prevents more blood from entering and stops the aneurysm from rupturing.
    • Microsurgical clipping: In this state-of-the-art procedure, a neurosurgeon makes an incision in the skull, then places a clip at the base of the aneurysm. This cuts off the blood supply to the aneurysm and stops the risk of bleeding. The clip remains in place and the aneurysm shrinks over time.
  • 24/7 availability: Our vascular neurologists and neurosurgeons are available around-the-clock for patients with blood vessel conditions. We have the latest three-dimensional diagnostic equipment to detect aneurysms and other cerebrovascular issues. And, we are able to get patients who need lifesaving intervention into surgery immediately. We also provide continual management and follow-up care for these patients.
  • Stroke centers: A cerebral aneurysm can cause a hemorrhagic stroke, which means blood spills into the tissue around the artery. With Comprehensive Stroke Center designations at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and Geisinger Medical Center, and Primary Stroke Center designations at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Geisinger Holy Spirit and Geisinger Wyoming Valley, we treat this condition immediately. This provides life-saving treatment when minutes count and offers continuous monitoring. Learn more about stroke care at Geisinger.

Treats these conditions

Cerebrovascular surgery treats conditions that affect the brain vessels, including:

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