Neurointerventional surgery is a hybrid medical subspecialty combining neurosurgery, neurology, and neuroradiology and specializing in performing minimally-invasive, image-guided surgeries in the head, neck and spine.
The neurointerventional surgeons at ARA, J Neal Rutledge MD and Kirk Conrad MD, have advanced fellowship training in neurointerventional surgery and are senior members of the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery (SNIS). They were the first neurointerventionalists in central Texas and have a combined experience of over 60 years.
Together with their physician assistants, Craig Smith and Amanda Bryand, ARA’s Neurointerventional Clinic in our Midtown office provides 24/7 coverage and leading innovative minimally invasive procedures that more effectively treat many serious conditions with less risk and faster recovery times.
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.