Referrals & Appointments
Physicians in the Neurosciences Institute will treat the full range of neurological disorders, including:
Treating neurological disorders
Physicians in the Edward Neurosciences Institute can stop a stroke in its tracks, and even reverse its effects, utilize 3-D biplane technology to extend the treatment window of stroke up to eight hours.
In cases requiring more advanced intervention, patients can be taken immediately to the neuro-interventional lab at Edward – avoiding a long transfer to a downtown Chicago medical facility. The lab has everything the neuro-interventionalist needs to start treatment within the narrow window of time necessary to avoid death or the long-term effects of stroke.
Neurological Treatment & Recovery
Following neurosurgical and neuroendovascular procedures, patients receive care in the dedicated Neuro ICU with specialty trained critical care nurses. Office visits and post-hospital follow-up occur in the Edward Neurosciences Institute clinic, open Monday through Friday.
Edward's neuro-interventional lab is one of the newest of its kind in the nation and allows doctors to perform minimally invasive brain surgery that starts with a small incision in the pelvis. Using 3-D biplane technology, a neuro-interventionalist inserts a catheter through arteries in the groin, abdomen or chest and into the brain. Clear digital images guide the surgeon to the blockage so it can be dissolved or mechanically removed.
Used in conjunction with the imaging benefits of the biplane system, the Merci Retrieval and Penumbra devices are two state-of-the-art, minimally invasive devices that can be used to manually remove intracranial clot, resulting in restored blood flow to ischemic brain tissue.
Conditions of the arteries
Abdominal aortic aneurysm is most common in males over 60 with at least one risk factor. It occurs when the abdominal aorta becomes abnormally large. If an abdominal aortic aneurysm ruptures, it is a life-threatening emergency.
Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) occurs when fatty plaque builds up and blocks the arteries' blood flow leading to clots, stroke, and heart attack.
Carotid artery disease is the build-up of plaque in the carotid arteries, the blood vessels that deliver blood through the neck to the brain. There is one carotid artery on each side of the neck. If enough plaque builds-up to block blood flow to the brain, a stroke will occur.
Mesenteric artery ischemia is a narrowing or blockage of the arteries that supply blood to the intestines. It is most common in smokers and those with high cholesterol.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) increases the risk for stroke by six times. Nine million Americans have peripheral arterial disease, but many of them are undiagnosed because they don't have symptoms. Diabetes and smoking are the biggest risk factors for PAD.
Renovascular disease is a narrowing or blockage of the artery that supplies blood to the kidneys, and if untreated, can lead to kidney failure. High blood pressure that doesn't respond to medication can be a sign of renovascular disease.
Stroke happens every 45 seconds to someone in the United States. It is an interruption of the blood supply to the brain and is sometimes called a "brain attack." Stroke is the leading cause of disability, but it can be treated if you get help quickly.
Conditions of the veins
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) affects up to two million Americans annually. It is a condition in which a blood clot forms in a vein deep inside the body, usually in a leg. If the clot moves to other areas, it could cause a heart attack, stroke or pulmonary embolism.
Pulmonary embolism is a blockage of an artery in the lungs by a blood clot, fat, air or tumor cells. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the most common cause of a pulmonary embolism. Other causes are prolonged bed rest, cancer and major surgery.
Varicose veins are swollen, twisted painful veins that have filled with an abnormal collection of blood, usually in the legs. It is most common in women.