Now options for patients with difficult to reach aneurysmsPosted on January 28, 2011
Demetrius Lopes, MD, neurosurgeon and blood vessel repair specialist at Rush University Medical Center, is again introducing new technology to treat brain aneurysms to Chicago. Dr. Lopes is one of the foremost pioneers in the country treating brain aneurysms, stroke, AVMs and other blood vessel conditions through a minimally-invasive approach.
Frequently endovascular-trained neurosurgeons, like Dr. Lopes, navigate special technology through the blood vessels in the body to the brain to repair a weakened vessel wall called an aneurysm. The aneurysm can be thought of as a blister on the blood vessel wall. Like blisters on the skin, a brain aneurysm can easily burst and cause a bleed into the brain. Ruptured aneurysms can cause significant brain damage and even death if not treated immediately. Optimally brain aneurysms are detected and treated before they rupture.
Dr. Lopes treats well over 100 aneurysms each year. He uses stents, or small mesh-like tubes, as well as coils, glues and other innovative materials to fill the aneurysm which restores normal blood flow and prevents the aneurysm from rupturing or from causing further harm to the brain. Now Dr. Lopes has yet another tool to treat even the most complex and hard to reach aneurysms using a minimally invasive approach. In fact, Dr. Lopes was the first in the United States to use the new Neuroform EZ™ Stent System.
“Unlike previous stent systems, the Neuroform EZ stent allows me to treat aneurysms which have developed deep within the brain and on some of the smaller blood vessels,” comments Dr. Lopes. “Other stent systems are not flexible enough to be used in these locations. Even aneurysms which develop where arteries divide into two branches, or at a bifurcation, can now be treated.”
Patients with non-ruptured aneurysms should pay particular attention to a neurosurgeon’s experience and access to new technologies in treating these abnormalities in the brain. As previously described, if a patient has an aneurysm deep within the brain or of a particularly difficult shape to treat, such as aneurysms that develop at a bifurcation, only programs like Rush with access to the latest technologies will be able to offer successful minimally-invasive treatment.
Dr. Lopes urges patients to do their homework. “My goal is to continue to enhance the program at Rush so we have access to all proven treatment options for patients with brain blood vessel disorders. Given the rapidly changing technology in this area of neurosurgery, only programs with specialists with their eye on these developments can offer the most complete array of solutions for patients.”
If you have any questions regarding the technology options for the treatment of aneurysms, please respond below or email Dr. Lopes at info@ChicagoStrokeMD.com