Dr. Greg Fautheree First Neurosurgeon in Louisiana to Offer Minimally Invasive Treatment for Life-Threatening Brain AneurysmsDecember 7, 2020 4:17 pm
First Patient Treated with Surpass Evolve Flow Diverting Stent at OLOL in Baton Rouge
The NeuroMedical Center’s Dr. Gregory L. Fautheree is the first neurosurgeon in Louisiana to successfully treat a patient with an unruptured brain aneurysm using Stryker’s new Surpass Evolve Flow Diverter. This new minimally-invasive technology greatly expands Baton Rouge’s stroke treatment capabilities. Dr. Fautheree successfully performed the first procedure on Friday, December 4th at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
A brain aneurysm is the bulging of a weakened spot on a brain artery. As blood flows within an artery over time, a weakened portion of the vessel wall may balloon or swell outward, resulting in an aneurysm. If left untreated, a blood-filled aneurysm can leak or rupture into the space around the brain, causing serious symptoms such as severe headache, nausea, vomiting, blurred or double vision, stroke and even death.
The Surpass Evolve flow diverter is a small 64-wire cobalt chromium self-expanding braided stent that is used to direct blood flow through a healthy vessel and away from the aneurysm. When blood flow to an aneurysm is slowed and eventually eliminated, the aneurysm begins to shrink and heal. Using advanced imaging technology, the physician can deliver the flow diverter to the brain via tiny catheters inserted into an artery in the leg. With only a small incision required, this endovascular approach gives physicians an effective alternative to open brain surgery The Surpass Evolve provides a less invasive option for patients allowing for quicker recovery time and a shorter hospital stay.
“Surpass Evolve is a cutting-edge technology that is advancing the frontiers of patient care in aneurysm treatment,“ said Dr. Gregory L. Fautheree. “Treating at risk brain aneurysms before they rupture is a focus of our comprehensive stroke program that can help save lives. This addition to our aneurysm treatment offering further demonstrates The NeuroMedical Center and Our Lady of the Lake’s commitment to providing South Louisiana with state-of-the-art healthcare.”
Approximately 6.5 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm, or 1 in 50 people. Approximately 30,000 people each year in the United States suffer from a ruptured brain aneurysm. Ruptures are fatal in about 50% of cases.(1)