For years, clot-busting drugs have been the go-to treatment for patients with certain types of stroke. Now, doctors with the award-winning SLUCare Stroke Team have another tool at their disposal.
The retrievable stent is a revolutionary treatment that involves inserting a catheter into an artery, running the stent into the brain, trapping the blood clot, then removing the clot from the body. The technique is similar to the way cardiologists open up arteries after a heart attack. This procedure has been shown to quickly restore blood flow, dramatically improving outcomes for stroke patients.
In this video, SLUCare interventional neurologist Dr. Randall Edgell explains why this technique represents a milestone in treatment of stroke.