Bayhealth has added an interventional neurology program to its list of minimally invasive treatment offerings. These procedures were first introduced at Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus in February. They use catheters and advanced imaging to treat blood vessels of the head and neck and offer many advantages to patients, compared to traditional surgeries. These new offerings bring life-saving care to southern Delaware residents that previously would have to drive a considerable distance for needed treatment of conditions such as brain aneurysms, blood clots or carotid artery disease.
Bayhealth Medical Director for Vascular and Interventional Neurology Sumeet Multani, MD leads this new program. In addition to his board certifications in the specialties of neurology and vascular neurology, Dr. Multani is newly board-certified in endovascular surgical neuroradiology. He is one of less than 500 physicians in the U.S. with fellowship training in this highly specialized field.
In most interventional neurology procedures, a catheter is inserted, through the groin or hand typically, and thread through vessels to look inside the head or neck. A common example is an angiogram, a test to view blood flow in the brain. “We can diagnose and address a wide range of abnormalities, including blocking a blood vessel to stop a brain bleed or prevent rupture, cutting off blood supply to a tumor, or treating chronic nosebleeds,” said Dr. Multani. “Many acute stroke causes can’t be identified without catheter-based studies, so this expands our diagnosis and treatment capabilities.”
Because these approaches are minimally invasive, there’s generally less risk and faster recovery for patients. At the end of March, a broad range of neurointerventions will be offered at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus. Bayhealth Neurology clinics offer thorough pre-and post-care for patients that undergo these procedures at both campuses.
“Even for high-risk patients, instead of surgery with an incision through the head or neck, they could now get stenting or coiling at Bayhealth and experience a significantly shorter hospital stay,” Dr. Multani said.