When surgery is being considered after a stroke, your age, prior overall health, and current condition are major factors in the decision.
Surgery for ischemic stroke
If you have serious blockage in the carotid arteries in your neck, you may need a Reference carotid endarterectomy. During this surgery, a surgeon removes Reference plaque Opens New Window buildup in the Reference carotid arteries Opens New Window. The benefits and risks of this surgery must be carefully weighed, because the surgery itself may cause a stroke.
Surgery for hemorrhagic stroke
Treatment for hemorrhagic stroke may include surgery to:
- Drain or remove blood in or around the brain.
- Repair a Reference brain aneurysm.
- In an Reference endovascular coil embolization, a small coil is inserted into the aneurysm to block it off and stop or prevent bleeding.
- In a craniotomy, a small metal clip is placed around the base of the aneurysm to block it off. This stops the bleeding in the brain.
- Remove or block off abnormally formed blood vessels (Reference arteriovenous malformation Opens New Window) that have caused bleeding in the brain.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 4, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation