Endovascular Neurosurgery/Interventional Neuroradiology
Known as either endovascular neurosurgery or interventional neuroradiology, this field uses catheters, navigated with a patient's blood vessels by X-ray guidance, to locate and treat abnormalities of the nervous system blood vessels. Procedures are usually performed by either a specially-trained neurosurgeon or neuroradiologist. Endovascular techniques are available to treat brain (Cerebral) aneurysms, vascular malformations of the brain and spinal cord, and blockages of brain blood vessels. Many brain aneurysms may be treated by placing platinum coils into the aneurysm from inside the blood vessel, causing the aneurysm to clot. Vascular malformations of various types may also be treated with injections of "super glue" from within a feeding blood vessel. Blocked blood vessels can sometimes be opened with special "clot busting" medications or retrieval devices, and narrowed arteries can be dilated open using balloons and stents.
At Penn State Hershey Neuroscience Institute, our physician staff has extensive experience and specialized, advanced training in neuro-endovascular procedures. Our endovascular team has access to the latest sophisticated technology and equipment necessary to perform these cutting-edge procedures.
To schedule a visit, please call 717-531-3828 or Toll-Free 800-243-1455.
To schedule a visit for Penn State Hershey Neurosurgery at Wyoming Valley, please call 570-706-2620.
- Kevin M. Cockroft, M.D., M.Sc., F.A.C.S., F.A.H.A.
Director, Neurovascular Services
- Robert E. Harbaugh, M.D., F.A.A.N.S., F.A.C.S., F.A.H.A.
- Paul Kalapos, M.D., F.R.C.P.(c)
Chief, Interventional Neuroradiology
- Kristine Kuzma, Clinical Nurse Specialist
Hospital Admissions and Billing
While you are a patient at Penn State Hershey, we want to do everything possible to make your surgery and stay convenient and comfortable. If you are scheduled for admission to our hospital, you may want to review the following list of questions about our admissions and billing procedures before you arrive.
Patients are pre-admitted by their surgical coordinator at the outpatient clinic. The coordinator is responsible for obtaining your financial information and scheduling your admission time to Penn State Hershey. He or she can also answer any questions you have about insurance. Additionally, your physician may request some tests to be done before you are admitted. The surgical coordinator or your doctor’s office will arrange for an appointment to have the tests completed on an outpatient basis.
On the day you are scheduled for admission, you will check-in at the Admissions Office, located near the hospital’s main lobby. Patients should make plans for someone to drive them to Penn State Hershey. Parents must accompany patients who are younger than 18 years old. Once you have checked in, a patient services representative will show you to your room where you will be introduced to your nurse and given an admissions information packet. If you were admitted through the Emergency Department, you will be assigned a bed by the operating room. A patient services representative will contact you once you have been assigned your room.
Be prepared to provide your identification, insurance card and any necessary deductible or insurance copayment. If you are admitting a child, you will need to provide the hospital with written consent to provide your child with medical care. Guardians must bring legal proof of guardianship.
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