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Neurointerventional Surgery

Our New Hospital, opening in February 2013 "Everything we need to deliver leading-edge neurointerventional care -- an expert team of neurosurgeons and neurologists, advanced imaging, patient-oriented nursing and support services -- will be close by and tightly organized." – Seon-Kyu Lee, MD, PhD, director of interventional neuroradiology » Learn more.

The University of Chicago Medicine neurointerventional surgery team specializes in minimally invasive techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the brain, head and neck, spine and spinal cord. Neurointerventional surgical procedures are performed by interventional neuroradiologists -- radiologists who have advanced training in image-guided, minimally invasive diagnostic and endovascular surgical techniques. Neurointerventional procedures take place in dedicated angiography suites located in the Center for Care and Discovery. These state-of-the-art suites are equipped with advanced MRI, CT, CT angiography, ultrasound and X-ray imaging technology.

For patients, the benefits of neurointerventional surgery (also commonly known as interventional neuroradiology) include smaller incisions, less risk, faster recovery and less pain than traditional surgery. Our team provides neurointerventional surgical care for many conditions that previously were untreatable or required more invasive, open surgical techniques.

Neuroendovascular Surgical Procedures

Guided by sophisticated imaging techniques, our highly skilled physicians use tiny catheters (tubes) to place miniature instruments and materials in the blood vessels. Our interventional neuroradiologists specialize in using these devices (such as platinum coils, microparticles, microstents and microballoon catheters) to perform minimally invasive surgical repairs for neurovascular disorders.

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Minimally Invasive Surgery for Spinal Fractures

The University of Chicago Medicine neurointerventional surgery team also specializes in vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for minimally invasive surgical treatment of compression fractures in the spine.

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Interdisciplinary Care for Stroke and Neurovascular Disorders

Our neurointerventional surgery team works closely with colleagues in neurology, neurosurgery and other specialties to provide the full range of medical and surgical services for stroke and other neurovascular disorders. As a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center, the University of Chicago Medicine is known for its unique, interdisciplinary approach to patient care.

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Advanced Diagnostic Imaging for Neurovascular Disorders

Our interventional neuroradiologists use state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging techniques, including high-resolution MR imaging, 3-D vascular imaging, and diagnostic cerebral and spinal angiographies.

» Read more about advanced imaging services for the diagnosis of neurovascular disorders.

Neurointerventional Surgery Research

At the University of Chicago Medicine, our physicians continually seek new ways to improve the diagnosis and treatment of neurovascular disorders. Our neurointerventional surgery experts are actively investigating acute stroke, advanced MR techniques, and clinical outcomes.