Advanced Care with the NeuroInterventional Surgery Team

Premier Pulse     December 2021

Merritt_350x3501184771032By Jason Merritt, vice president, Premier Physician Network specialty services and neuroscience service line; and Bryan Ludwig, MD, chair, neuroscience service line, Premier Health

The Premier Health Neuroscience Service Line has been a leader in bringing complex neurological and neurosurgical care to the Miami Valley. The strength of the Premier Health neuroscience service line is the comprehensive nature of the services provided and the advanced training of the team who manages that care. The NeuroInterventional Surgery (NIS) team is just one example of the advanced care that is offered at Premier Health.

“The advancement of imaging technology and techniques has led to a higher detection rate of Unruptured Intercranial Aneurysms (UIA),” said Bryan Ludwig, MD, chair of Premier Health’s Neuroscience Service Line.

At one time, surgical clipping of the aneurysm was the only treatment option available. Since then, less invasive treatment options have been found effective in managing UIA. The neurointerventional team provides the latest in cerebral vascular imaging, surgical devices, and endovascular techniques to ensure better outcomes when repairing UIAs. With the high rate of success of endovascular surgery, this method is now more common than open surgery for UIA management due to better outcomes and decreased hospital stays. UIA may require immediate treatment or may be able to be managed with medical management. Factors that require immediate intervention include the size and location of the aneurysm, any expansion of the aneurysm size, and any patient who is presenting neurological symptoms with the presence of the aneurysm.

The NIS team are all fellowship trained and board-certified. They provide a complete spectrum of minimally invasive services for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with vascular diseases of the brain and spinal cord. The NIS team is supported by a high acuity neuro-intensive care unit, a Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Comprehensive Stroke Center, neurosurgeons, and an American College of Surgeons (ACS) Level I Trauma Center designation. In addition to 24/7/365 emergent care, the team also provides routine office hours and consultations. If you have additional questions regarding Premier Health’s neuroscience services, or would like to refer a patient, please call (937) 208-4200 or visit Clinical Neuroscience Institute.

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