Jefferson Hospital neurosurgeons at Bryn Mawr Hospital
While all Main Line Health acute care hospitals have received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Stroke Care, Bryn Mawr Hospital is the only one in the western suburbs of Philadelphia with a university-affiliated neurointerventional lab for comprehensive stroke care.
Our affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and being a part of the Jefferson Neuroscience Network enables a team of Jefferson neurosurgeons who specialize in neurovascular surgery and neurointerventional radiology to be on-site at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Thanks to these expanded capabilities, patients can be moved quickly into surgery with the same physician if interventional efforts have proved insufficient. This relationship with Jefferson also gives patients access to neuro clinical trials being conducted at Jefferson.
The Neurointerventional Lab team further consists of registered nurses and registered cardiovascular invasive specialists who specialize in neurointerventional procedures. We also have neurophysiology technicians who perform intraprocedural neurophysiologic monitoring, including EEG monitoring and somatosensory-evoked potentials (SSEP) studies.
Using a variety of sophisticated devices and technologies, including 3D applications that allow for greater speed and precision during angiography and fluoroscopy, we are able to diagnose and efficiently treat:
- Mid-cerebral artery (MCA) occlusions, carotid occlusions, vertebrobasilar occlusions
- Ruptured and unruptured brain aneurysms
- Intracranial arteriovenous malformations
- Carotid artery stenosis, intracranial stenosis
- Dural arteriovenous fistulas
For the treatment of embolic strokes (when a blood clot finds its way to the brain and gets stuck in an artery) and intracranial aneurysms, we provide rapid access to advanced procedures such as cerebrovascular thrombectomy, which involves removal of a blood clot from a blood vessel. (Under new stroke guidelines, thrombectomy can now be performed up to 24 hours after stroke onset.) Jefferson neurosurgeons / neurointerventionalists at Bryn Mawr Hospital also perform angioplasty and stenting of carotid and cerebral arteries as well as aneurysm coiling and application of liquid embolic (glue-like) agents for treatment of arteriovenous malformations.
Under new stroke guidelines, thrombectomy can now be performed up to 24 hours after stroke onset.
Following procedures in the Neurointerventional Lab, patients receive care in Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Critical Care Unit. Cutting-edge post-stroke care is further provided 24/7 by Jefferson Health neuro intensivist attending physicians.