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New Surgical Tool Provides Hope for Patients With Bleeding in the Brain

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David Foriella, MD, PhD
David Foriella, MD, PhD

Hemorrhagic stroke, which, according to the American Stroke Association, accounts for about 13 percent of stroke cases, requires prompt medical attention, because as the blood accumulates and compresses the surrounding brain tissue, it can develop quickly into a life-threatening situation.

In fact, about half of the patients with intracranial hemorrhages do not survive their lengthy hospitalizations. Up to 80 percent either die or are disabled for the remainder of their lives by the stroke. To date, no traditional surgical or medical treatments have been shown to be effective in improving the outcomes in these patients.

But there is a bright side to all of this. The team at Stony Brook University Neurosciences Institute’s Cerebrovascular and Stroke Center is part of a pioneering group of neurointerventionalists and neurosurgeons across the country working in tandem to successfully remove hemorrhages from the brain with the Apollo™ System.

Used in conjunction with neuroendoscopy and image guidance, the Apollo System allows a neurointerventionalist and neurosurgery team to remove most of the blood from the brain in a matter of minutes.

David Fiorella, MD, PhD, a neurointerventional radiologist, and Co-Director of the Stony Brook University Neurosciences Institute’s Cerebrovascular and Stroke Center, and fellow neurosurgeons Raphael Davis, MD, Co-Director, Neurosciences Institute and Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery; Frederick Gutman, MD; and David Chesler, MD, PhD; all report that patients have shown rapid continuous improvement after having their brain hemorrhages removed with the Apollo System.

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