New help for stroke patients, with a less invasive way to remove clots from the brain

This 'hybrid' OR (for both surgery and radiology procedures) is where neurosurgeons retrieve brain blood clots in stroke patients

A new way of pulling blood clots out of stroke patients' brains can be used for a longer period of time after the stroke is detected, and so increases the chance of recovery.

Dr. Eric DeShaies, neurosurgeon at Crouse Hospital, demonstrated the device for us: a stent , a very thin flexible tube, is inserted in a leg artery and is threaded up to the brain. When it reaches the brain (the doctors see its progress, thanks to radiology) what looks like a mesh net is pushed out of the tube to capture the clot, which is then pulled away and out.

Deshaies says the device adds time to the window of opportunity for dealing with the clot, but that it is still important for anyone who suspects a stroke to get to medical care as soon as possible.

Do you know the signs?
Signs that you may be having a stroke:

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
Sudden trouble seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes.
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.

Crouse Hospial has an 'evening getaway for ladies' (women are more prone to stroke) and Deshaies will be speaking on both prevention and treatment, in addition to more health and mini-spa activities.

It's Wednesday (January 21) at Drumlins, 800 Nottingham Road, 6 - 8:30pm.

It is free, but they ask that you call 472-2464 to let them know you're coming.