Brain surgery still isn’t child’s play, but neurosurgeons’ jobs at UT Southwestern Medical Center just got a little easier — or rather, a lot more efficient.
As of January, the center has a hybrid cerebrovascular operating suite, which will allow doctors to adapt to a patient’s needs in high-stakes surgery more easily.
“The suite has two components: one that it’s an operative suite, the second is that it’s an endovascular suite,” Park Cities resident and neurointerventional surgeon Lee Pride said.
What does that mean in layman’s terms? When doctors need to get to a blockage in the brain, say from a stroke, there are two ways to go about it: one is cranially, and the other is endovascular, where doctors follow blood vessels from the groin up to the brain, similar to some cardiac procedures. Traditionally, the endovascular procedure is done in an angiography suite. But now, either procedure can be done in the same suite.