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Surgery and appointment information – Learn more

For the safety of our patients and caregivers, we have expanded and changed how we deliver care to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Depending on your medical needs, your appointments could take place in-person, by phone or by video. There may be times when an appointment or procedure may be rescheduled. In which case, we will contact you to let you know. Rest assured, all urgent needs will be addressed promptly.

Existing ChristianaCare patients can request an appointment using their patient portal account.

Visitor restrictions are still in place for your protection. Please refer to our visitor policy for more details.

Our operating rooms are now accommodating elective procedures.

As an added safety measure, all patients will be screened for COVID-19. If needed, your doctor will order a COVID-19 test to be performed at a ChristianaCare laboratory three to five days before your procedure.

ChristianaCare Neurosciences

Neuro-Interventional Surgery

Neuro-interventional surgery enables minimally invasive treatment of aneurysms, strokes and other conditions affecting the brain and spine that were once only treatable through open surgery. Using sophisticated technology, including advanced imaging to see inside the body in real time, a neuro-interventional radiologist can manipulate tiny catheters through the patient’s blood vessels to break up a blood clot inside the brain or reduce pressure in an aneurysm to prevent it from bursting. These catheters can deliver medication to a targeted area, or they can be equipped with specialized medical devices to treat delicate areas inside the brain without ever opening the skull. To treat spinal conditions, the neuro-interventional radiologist uses cannulas to similarly work inside the problem area without having to expose the spinal column.

Featuring a state-of-the-art interventional neuroangiography surgical suite, ChristianaCare Neuro-Interventional Surgery provides minimally invasive services and treatments 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.
  • Brain and spinal tumor embolizations.
  • Brain aneurysms.
  • Brain arteriovenous malformations.
  • Dural arteriovenous fistulas.
  • Carotid and intracranial stenting.
  • Diagnostic cerebral and spinal angiography.
  • Nosebleeds (epistaxis).
  • Pediatric brain and vascular malformations.
  • Spinal vascular malformations.
  • Traumatic cerebrovascular injuries.

ChristianaCare Neuro-Interventional Surgery physicians provide emergency treatment for patients in the midst of a stroke due to blockage of a large blood vessel within the brain. This treatment, known as endovascular recanalization therapy, offers the possibility of restoration of blood flow to prevent brain damage from stroke. Over the past year, nearly 90% of patients undergoing this procedure here at Christiana achieved substantial restoration of blood flow to the brain, and more than 60% of those patients had normal or near-normal blood flow as a result of the procedure.

Advantages of neuro-interventional procedures over traditional open surgery include a shorter recovery time, less pain during recovery and fewer complications.

Neuro-Interventional Surgery
ChristianaCare Center for Heart & Vascular Health
Christiana Hospital campus
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19718 directions
302-733-1487