Vascular Neurosurgery

What is Vascular Neurosurgery?

Vascular neurosurgery involves treating patients with disorders of the blood vessels in the brain and spine.  This requires highly specialized neurosurgeons who have experience treating these disorders. It often requires a multi-disciplinary approach in developing a treatment plan with the neurosurgeon, interventional radiologist and neuroradiologist. 

What Does Vascular Neurosurgery Treat? 

  • Aneurysms
  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
  • Cavernous malformation
  • Dural arteriovenous fistula
  • Moyamoya disease
  • Carotid artery disease (CAD)

While stroke, tumors, heart conditions and AVMs are a focus for vascular neurosurgery, aneurysms are also a large treatment area.

Learn more about the types of aneurysms, risk factors, symptoms and treatment options from Banner Health.

Surgical Treatments of Vascular Disorders:

Depending on the type of vascular disorder, your neurosurgeon will discuss surgical options with you. Surgery may involve a craniotomy or neck surgery, endovascular intervention or radiosurgery. It can also be a combination of different approaches. With advances in technology and microsurgical techniques, minimally invasive craniotomies can also be an option in some cases with significant decrease in hospital stay and faster recovery times. 

What is Endovascular Neurosurgery?

Sometimes endovascular approach is used to treat vascular disorders, as part of the preoperative work up or as a surgical adjunct. It is often performed by neurosurgeons or interventional neuroradiologists. 

Endovascular neurosurgery is a minimally invasive procedure that involves using a catheter to take special pictures in the interventional radiology suite (cerebral angiogram) to see all the blood vessels and if necessary, place coils, glue or stents as part of the treatment. 

With an expert team that specializes in vascular neurosurgery, you can trust Banner Health to provide quick answers and a customized treatment plan. Talk to your doctor about the best endovascular neurosurgery procedure for you for your condition.