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There are only a handful of programs in the Chicago area that can treat cerebrovascular diseases without surgery. Advocate Christ Medical Center features highly successful breakthrough technologies and treatments to treat a wide array of acute neurological conditions, including strokes, aneurysms, and arteriovenous malformations.

Directed by internationally renowned interventional neuroradiologist, Dr. Thomas Grobelny, the neurovascular program at Christ Medical Center offers patients minimally invasive therapeutic interventions. These cutting edge procedures are performed without surgical incision and afford patients faster, more efficient rehabilitation and shorter recovery times.

What conditions does the program treat?
What treatments are available?

How does Advocate Christ Medical Center make a difference?

What conditions does the program treat?

  • Aneurysm - occurs when a section of arterial wall weakens and stretches to form a bulge that, untreated, can rupture and hemorrhage. Wide neck aneurysms involve weakened areas where multiple vessels meet, creating more life-threatening situations for patients.
  • Stroke - is much like a heart attack, but it attacks the brain. It can involve a blood clot or a hemorrhage in the brain. Both types of stroke are potentially life threatening and require immediate medical attention.
  • AVMs (Arterio-Venous Malformations) - are abnormal collections of blood vessels that can cause seizures, stroke and other neurological conditions.

What treatments are available?

  • Aneurysm Coiling - involves a catheter that is thread into a small incision in the groin and through the femoral artery to the blockage. A flexible mesh tube, or stent, is placed at the base of the aneurysm and then expanded to conform to the arterial wall. Small metal coils are slid through the stent and into the aneurysm, blocking blood from entering the aneurysm and preventing a rupture. The stent prevents the coils from falling out of the aneurysm sac.
  • AVM Embolization - A catheter is thread directly to the AVM through which a drug is injected to close the AVM vessels. This will reduce the size of the AVM in preparation for surgical removal or completely block blood flow to the AVM vessels.
  • Embolectomy and Thrombolysis - involves threading a catheter the groin and to the site of the clot. Wire coils are sent through the catheter and into a blood clot, grabbing it so it can be pulled out. In addition, a clot-busting drug can be administered directly to the clot, which reduces side effects and increases the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Carotid Artery Stenting - involves using a balloon catheter to open the artery and press the plaque into the sides of the artery wall. A stent is used to cover the plaque and keep the artery open.
  • Intracranial Stenting - involves threading a balloon catheter and tiny mesh tube, or stent, through the femoral artery to the area where plaque has built up. Once the stent is in place, it expands to brace open the arterial wall.

How does Advocate Christ Medical Center make a difference?

Advocate Christ Medical Center offers innovative treatment procedures to address the most serious and debilitating neurological conditions. We have received certification from The Joint Commission as a primary stroke center. Our highly skilled neurovascular team at Advocate Christ Medical performed the second CORDIS ENTERPRISETM Vascular Reconstruction Device and Delivery System procedure in Illinois, which marks a significant advancement in aneurysm treatment. Dr. Thomas Grobelny, internationally renowned interventional neuroradiologist and director of the neurovascular program. He has established an excellent reputation for his pioneering work with a highly effective interventional treatment for occluded carotid arteries.

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