Neurointerventional Surgery (NIS) utilizes minimally invasive surgical techniques that are the latest advances in medicine. These procedures offer minimally invasive alternatives to traditional open surgical procedures of the head, neck and spine, such as stroke, brain aneurysms, carotid artery disease, head and neck tumors and vertebral fractures . NIS procedures are generally easier for patients because they involve small incisions, less risk, less pain and shorter recovery times than traditional open surgery.
The Neurointerventional Surgeons at ARA are all licensed medical doctors board-certified in diagnostic radiology, have advanced fellowship training in neurointerventional surgery and are all senior members of the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery (SNIS). Austin Radiological Association’s neurointerventional surgery team is comprised of Dr. Kirk Conrad and Dr. J. Neal Rutledge.
Neurointerventional surgery provides a complete spectrum of minimally invasive services for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with vascular problems related to the brain and spinal cord. In the past, certain conditions that would have required open surgery such as aneurysms, carotid artery disease, vascular malformations, and tumors of the head, brain, neck, and spine can now be considered for a minimally invasive treatment using a neurointerventional surgery approach to reach the problem.
Neurointerventional techniques, such as thrombolysis, are also useful in the management of certain patients with acute ischemic stroke who can be treated within six (6) hours of the onset of symptoms. Neurointerventional surgeries now also allow the treatment of previously untreatable or surgically difficult conditions.
For an excellent introduction to the miracle of interventional radiology, see Without a Scalpel—the Secret World of Interventional Radiology. Also see a dramatic docuseries on interventional radiology featuring real world cases at Without a Scalpel—the Technology and People Behind Modern Surgery.