What is Interventional Neuroradiology?
Interventional neuroradiology is a minimally invasive approach in the treatment of vascular diseases of the central nervous system. Jeffrey Farkas, MD, director of interventional neuroradiology services, specializes in providing care for conditions that, in the past, would have required surgery. We provide a complete range of services for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with neurovascular problems of the brain and spinal cord. Conditions treated include: aneurysms, vascular malformations, and tumors of the brain, spine, head and neck.
State of the art technology combined with experience and expertise make it possible for many conditions to be treated by using an endovascular approach. While traditional vascular neurosurgery for an aneurysm requires cutting through skin, brain, bone and muscle to reach the site of the aneurysm, Dr. Farkas is able to make a small incision in the patients leg and enter the body through an artery. Using a fluoroscope as his guide, a very small tube is treaded through the vascular system to reach the damaged vessel.
Advances in Stroke Care
According to the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) guidelines for acute ischemic stroke, there is a “golden hour” where quick diagnosis and treatment is critical to saving the patient’s life. Dr. Farkas joins the other stroke specialists at Maimonides who are aiming to put a stop to the deadly and disabling effects of stroke by offering state of the art care during the “golden hour”. Advances in such things as thrombolytic drugs (medication that opens clogged vessels) and state of the art imaging technology equipment all add up to better recoveries and better outcomes for stroke patients.
We have created an angiography suite equipped with angiographic machines designed specifically for neuro interventional procedures. This advanced technology enables us to manage the most difficult and complex vascular lesions. By eliminating delays in obtaining sequential scans and allowing treatment to begin sooner, we provide the most advanced care available for patients suffering from certain types of stroke.
We provide our patients and their families access to a full range of clinical and support services, including pain management, nutritional consultation, psychological and pastoral counseling, social work assistance, complementary modalities and support groups. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy patients are cared for at Maimonides Medical Center’s new Cancer Center.