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Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery

UNM’s Comprehensive program for Cerebrovascular Neurosurgery is a subspecialized multidisciplinary clinical unit that evaluates and treats all forms of vascular disorders of the brain and spinal cord. It is the only resource in New Mexico that routinely manages patients with complex cerebrovascular disease, including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, carotid disease, Moya-Moya and cavernous malformations. With a group of highly subspecialized physicians, program faculty prospectively assess patients and provide broad state-of-the-art treatment options. Because cerebrovascular disease can often be treated using a spectrum of complementary techniques, experts evaluate cases and provide recommendations with the goal of minimizing risks and maximizing long-term efficacy. Patients with these disorders are expertly cared for not only in the operating room or the angiography suite but also a 24-bed intensive care unit that is dedicated to the care of these disorders. Because “Time is Brain,” our team of physicians begins caring for patients with these disorders as soon as they are contacted.

Cerebrovascular Surgery/ Endovascular Care

Specialists in cerebrovascular surgery have focused much of their effort on improving the management of central nervous system vascular disorders such as aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations and extracranial carotid and intracerebral arterial stenosis. Combinations of microsurgical, interventional neuro-radiological and stereotactic radio-surgical procedures are often used in isolation or in combination.

UNM’s cerebrovascular team includes neurosurgeons trained in the full spectrum of microvascular as well as endovascular procedures.  Today there is no potential treatment for an aneurysm or an arteriovenous abnormality that is not routinely performed at UNM Hospital.  The team includes members of the Departments of Neurology and Radiology who have expertise in this area. 

Cavernomas are a uniquely common disorder in New Mexico due to a genetic transmission in those with a Hispanic ancestry. Cavernomas are removed with microvascular surgical techniques when indicated.

UNM’s specialists treat vascular disorders of the brain, including stroke and aneurysm. Their expertise includes:

  • Extracranial Stenosis (Symptomatic And Asymptomatic) – Endarterectomy and endovascular stenting
  • Cerebral Aneurysms – Microscurgical and endovascular repair
  • Arteriovenous Malformation –Microsurgical resection, endovascular embolization and radiosurgery
  • Cavernous Malformations – Surgical resection
  • Arteriovenous Fistula – Surgical and endovascular occclusion
  • Venous Sinus Thrombosis – Endovascular thrombolysis