The NeuroMedical Center Neurosurgeons First in Louisiana to Offer Innovative New Intraventricular Hemorrhagic Stroke TreatmentApril 30, 2019 4:24 pm
The NeuroMedical Center’s Dr. Gregory L. Fautheree is Louisiana’s first endovascular neurosurgeon to successfully treat a hemorrhagic stroke patient using a new system called IRRAflow. IRRAflow is the world’s first irrigating ventricular drain that provides a therapeutic approach to relieve intracranial bleeding. Dr. Fautheree successfully performed the procedure on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019 at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“IRRAflow is a unique step forward in the treatment of critically ill patients that suffer from intracranial bleeding,” said Dr. Fautheree. “Our mission at The NeuroMedical Center is to provide our patients with the best quality in healthcare and, in partnership with Our Lady of the Lake, we’re proud to be able to offer the latest in cutting-edge treatment options for our hemorrhagic stroke patients. We can now offer the first active, therapeutic treatment to manage intracranial fluids with IRRAflow, the world’s first irrigating ventricular drain.”
“We are excited to offer this life-saving procedure through our collaborative partnership with the NeuroMedical Center,” said K. Scott Wester, president and CEO of Our Lady of the Lake. “Exceptional, innovative care is what we seek to provide every patient that comes through our doors and we are proud to be the first hospital in Louisiana to perform this procedure.”
Hemorrhagic strokes occur when blood spills into or around the brain and creates swelling and pressure that damages cells in the brain tissue. These strokes usually are caused by traumatic injury or a weakened blood vessel that ruptures or leaks. Each year, hemorrhagic strokes account for only 15% of all strokes, but they are typically more deadly and are responsible for approximately 40% of all stroke deaths.1
For decades, a typical treatment to clear blood and reduce the pressure that builds up during a hemorrhagic stroke is an external ventricular drain (EVD). This treatment is a passive and manual approach that relies on gravity alone to remove the collected fluids, and these drains are commonly associated with blockages that can form and impact the needed drainage ability as well as other complications. IRRAflow, on the other hand, provides a therapeutic option for physicians known as active fluid exchange. Active fluid exchange combines the needed drainage with automated, controlled irrigation that prevents drainage blockages from forming. The concept may also enhance drainage by exchanging the collected toxic material with neutral fluids during the irrigation cycle. IRRAflow also continuously monitors the patient’s intracranial pressure and can automatically control treatment based on the patient’s individual situation.
- 1. Mracsko, E, & Veltkamp, R. (2014). Neuroinflammation after Intracerebral hemorrhage. Frontiers in Cellular Science, 1–13.