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Neurocritical Care

Every second counts to help save your brain cells due to a complex nerve, spine or brain injury. Emergency departments and physicians can refer you or your loved one to neurocritical care within Avera Brain & Spine Institute at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.

If you or a loved one has an emergency, call 911.

World-Class Neurointerventional Care

With premier interventional neurology therapies, Avera’s neurocritical care unit is comprised of a fellowship-trained neuroendovascular specialist and neurointensivists. These board-certified providers help give you lifesaving care close to home without the need to travel outside of the Avera health system. Our neuroendovascular specialist uses minimally invasive methods to treat disorders of blood vessels involving the head, neck and spine, whether it be on an emergent or elective basis.

Stroke & Aneurysm Intervention Program

Our expert brain and spine team perform hundreds of major neurological surgeries each year. With our neuroendovascular stroke program, we’re proud to offer a wider window for stroke treatment—for up to 24 hours from onset of symptoms—to help restore blood flow to blocked blood vessels.

With 24/7 immediate stroke care, Avera offers immediate assessment, intervention and management of acute strokes. Our team also provides the full spectrum of care for brain aneurysms. Learn more about stroke and aneurysm care.

Your Complete Brain & Spine Care Team

With an entire brain and spine team, our neurocritical care unit includes fellowship-trained neuroendovascular specialists and neurointensivists who work hand-in-hand with board-certified neurologists, neurosurgeons, rehabilitation professionals, neuro-radiologists, nurses and therapists for complete care for your brain and spine needs. Avera offers neurosurgery, for adults and pediatrics, along with neurointervention procedures.

Conditions treated by neurointervention procedures include:

  • Acute ischemic stroke, due to large vessel blockage
  • Some forms of hemorrhagic stroke
  • Some types of head or neck tumors
  • Cerebral aneurysm
  • Cerebrovascular malformations
  • Intracranial or subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Rupture or dissection of vessels of the brain due to trauma

What is Neuroendovascular Surgery?

Neuroendovascular surgery is a relatively new sub-specialty of medicine that has only recently become more widely available within the United States and the rest of the world. The field requires many years of advanced specialty training which begins in either radiology, neurosurgery or neurology, and is followed by further rigorous sub-specialty fellowship training.

This field has allowed neuroendovascular specialists to treat challenging neurovascular disorders with minimally invasive techniques through a remote incision and that is literally less than a quarter of an inch. Neuroendovascular surgery answers a much needed calling to address some of the most critical medical emergencies in all of medicine, which previously were untreatable.

This field is also known as “endovascular surgical neuroradiology,” “interventional neuroradiology,” “endovascular neurosurgery,” “interventional neurology,” and more. Neuroendovascular surgery requires advanced operational tools and imaging technology.

State-of-the-Art Imaging & Procedural Technology

Avera Brain & Spine Institute offers a state-of-the-art neuro-imaging equipment for neuroendovascular procedures. The Canon Alphenix with high definition imaging capabilities lets our providers see fine details more efficiently during procedures. This imaging tool helps lower a patient’s radiation dose and may also lower complications, because of better visual support during procedures.

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Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a physician referral for most care at Avera Brain & Spine Institute. For more information, talk to your doctor or call 605-322-7270.

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