Treatment for Stroke

Our dedicated team of experts offers the highest level of treatment for stroke, including surgical treatment options.

Emergency treatment for stroke depends on whether you're having an acute ischemic stroke or a stroke that involves bleeding into the brain (hemorrhagic).

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Acute Ischemic Stroke Surgical Intervention

In patients who have suffered an acute ischemic stroke or cortical brain thrombosis, our specialists use advanced surgical techniques to remove the clots and restore blood flow quickly. This sophisticated procedure is called intracranial mechanical thrombectomy/embolectomy. Our highly skilled neuroendovascular surgeons perform this surgery using minimally invasive methods, accessing the brain or spinal cord through small incisions in the wrist or groin area. They use specialized microcatheter systems to retrieve clots from the central nervous system, restoring normal blood flow and reducing the damage caused by strokes.

UChicago Medicine is a leading facility in the country for performing these procedures and offers patients large bore catheter solutions, which are safer and more effective than traditional stroke therapy. Additionally, our interventionalists are at the forefront of acute intracranial stenting trials to treat acute intracranial atherosclerosis disease (ICAD).

Hemorrhagic Stroke Intervention

The treatment for hemorrhagic stroke depends on where the bleeding occurs in the brain. There are different types of hemorrhagic stroke:

  • Intraparenchymal Hemorrhage (IPH): Bleeding within the brain.
  • Subdural Hemorrhage or Epidural Hemorrhage: Bleeding on the surface between the brain and the skull.
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage (SAH) and Intraventricular Hemorrhage (IVH): Bleeding within the cerebrospinal fluid space.

Our experts focus on reducing the pressure on the brain and quickly stopping the bleeding. They also work to repair the underlying cause, relieve symptoms and prevent complications like permanent brain damage. Hemorrhagic stroke can be caused by conditions such as hypertension, amyloid angiopathy, cavernous malformation, arteriovenous malformation (AVM), arteriovenous fistula (AVF) or brain aneurysm. Some cases may require surgery, embolization or both to treat the underlying condition.

Surgical Stroke Prevention