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The Open Vascular Neurosurgery Program is one of the major programs in the United States to evaluate, diagnose and treat complex cerebrovascular disease, including, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), cerebral aneurysms, carotid disease, Moya Moya, cavernous malformations and cerebrovascular disease of the spine. Our goal is provide each patient proper evaluation and treatment for their unique situation. Treatment options include:
Our surgical team works with neuroradiologists and neurologists using state-of-the-art imaging techniques to diagnose your condition and develop effective treatment plans for even the most difficult cases. Mass General physicians help pinpoint the exact location of a vascular malformation, aneurysm or spinal cord vascular lesion using:
In the Neuro ICUs, we may also use other advanced diagnostics such as:
Mass General takes a team approach to patient care. Your cerebrovascular clinician will coordinate all of your care with a multidisciplinary team of specialists. Together, the team:
This collaborative approach helps ensure that all patients receive the most appropriate care for their specific situation.
The Open Vascular Neurosurgery Program is part of the Mass General Vascular Center’s Brain Aneurysm and Arteriovenous Malformation Program, a collaboration of leading specialists in neurosurgery, neurology, interventional neuroradiology, nursing, physical therapy and social service. We provide treatment to patients throughout the United States and around the world.
The Brain Aneurysm and Arteriovenous Malformation Center is among the top ranked and highest-volume centers of its kind in the world. Every year we treat both ruptured and unruptured aneurysms. We also perform:
Our neuroendovascular specialists consult with and treat patients from around the world.
Learn more about the Brain Aneurysm and Arteriovenous Malformation Program at the Vascular Center.
Our clinicians participate in major clinical studies evaluating new technologies and treatments in the management of cerebrovascular disease as well as studies to better understand the genetics and other risk factors in the development of brain aneurysms. These studies help us to bring our patients promising new treatments as quickly as possible.
Some of these studies include:
Patients interested in participating in clinical trials can browse online for open trials.
Carotid artery disease, also called carotid artery stenosis, occurs when the carotid arteries, the main blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood to the brain, become narrowed.
A cerebral aneurysm (also called an intracranial aneurysm or brain aneurysm) is a bulging, weakened area in the wall of an artery in the brain, resulting in an abnormal widening or ballooning. Because there is a weakened spot in the artery wall, there is a risk for rupture (bursting) of the aneurysm.
Stroke, also called brain attack, occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted.
Open Vascular Neurosurgery Program
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