Saint Francis has built a hybrid suite for endovascular neurosurgery. Endovascular neurosurgery is the minimally invasive treatment of neurovascular disease affecting the brain and spinal cord, such as cerebral aneurysms, narrowing of the carotid artery, stroke and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs).
"This room is technology at its best," says Louis P. Caragine Jr., MD, PhD, fellowship-trained vascular and endovascular neurosurgeon at Saint Francis. "The room is equipped with imaging equipment that is more advanced than any between St. Louis and Memphis."
If Caragine cannot repair the aneurysm with the coil, however, he will need to convert the procedure to an open surgery. This typically means the surgical team must transport the patient to an operating room, which takes a significant amount of time and can affect the outcome of the surgery.
With the hybrid suite, however, Caragine can convert the procedure to an open surgery in the same room. "I will be able to change over the room in 15 minutes, which results in less trauma for the patient," says Caragine. "I have everything I need in that one room, which is of tremendous benefit for Saint Francis' patients.
"I have supervised two other medical facilities as they built a hybrid suite, and I believe the suite at Saint Francis will be the best in the world."
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