Culicchia Neurological Clinic’s vascular team is trained in diagnosis and treatment of vascular disorders such as stroke, aneurysm and Arteriovenous malformation. These conditions involve abnormalities involving the veins and arteries that can result in brain hemorrhages. Our team includes neurosurgeons, an interventional neuroradiologist and neurologists trained in treating vascular disorders using minimally invasive techniques and surgery when indicated.
Endovascular coil embolization technique for treating life threatening aneurysms offers patients relief without surgery. An aneurysm is an abnormal widening or ballooning of a portion of a blood vessel. The blood vessel wall becomes weaker in this location. Often an aneurysm resembles a sack of blood attached to one side of the blood vessel. Symptoms usually do not appear until complications develop, which can include hemorrhaging, weakness, numbness, or other loss of nerve function (neurologic deficits) due to pressure from the aneurysm on adjacent brain tissue or because of reduced blood flow caused by a spasm of other blood vessels near a ruptured aneurysm.
Using endovascular coil embolization, Dr. Robert Dawson of Culicchia Neurological Clinic is able to treat brain aneurysms using a tiny catheter, without the trauma and cost of surgery. Using this state-of-the art medical technology, Dr. Dawson inserts a fine catheter into the patient’s blood vessel. A coil or other material is inserted through the catheter and it is directed into the aneurysm. Once it has filled the aneurysm, the risk of bleeding is reduced. Blood can no longer seep inside, cannot rupture or bleed. The coils are permanent and the current recommendations are to re-angiogram at 6 months.