Endovascular neurosurgery is a subspecialty of neurosurgery in which neurosurgical procedures are performed within blood vessels under fluoroscopic guidance. Performing a surgery within a blood vessel requires only a very small incision to access the artery, which allows for faster recovery and lower morbidity when compared to open surgery.
VCU has the region’s only neurosurgical hybrid operating suite. As well as being equipped for both endovascular and open neurosurgical cases, the suite allows surgeons to combine the two techniques or use them simultaneously. State-of-the-art fluoroscopy and 3-D rotational angiography can now be incorporated into open surgery. Endovascular techniques such as angioplasty and stenting are offered to patients whose complicated anatomy or occlusion requires an operative approach to arteries. In addition, the hybrid operating suite offers the ability to perform an intraoperative CT scan, which further enhances patient safety during minimally invasive procedures.