Plano, Texas (September 30, 2015) – Blood clots deep in a stroke patient’s brain can now be removed more quickly, with less risk and a shorter recovery time, thanks to new technology being used by the neurology team at Medical City Plano.
Medical City Plano is the first hospital in Texas to treat a patient suffering from a hemorrhagic (deep brain) stroke using the new Apollo™ System.
The Apollo system works like a blood clot vacuum, using suction, irrigation and gentle vibration within a small metal wand to remove soft tissue and fluid during minimally invasive neurosurgery. The system utilizes Neuronavigation, or a GPS-like small camera system for the brain, to locate the clot. The clot is removed through a small incision in the skull.
Doctors say the Apollo system improves outcomes for patients who previously had limited or no treatment options and a very low survival rate. A 48-year old man was the first to undergo the procedure at Medical City Plano.
“The Apollo procedure has given us a minimally invasive approach to evacuate intracerebral hemorrhages. Previous open surgery would necessitate too much brain injury to be of benefit. This procedure allows us to remove the hematoma through one small hole and use a scope.” said Plano neurological surgeon Brent Morgan, M.D., “This will help decrease the swelling and other processes that create brain irritation and injury and expedite recovery and should improve recovery.”
Intracerebral hemorrhage, a type of hemorrhagic stroke, occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures and bleeds into the surrounding brain, affecting more than 45,000 patients per year in the U.S. If the amount of blood increases rapidly, the sudden buildup in pressure can lead to disability or death. The most common cause of intracerebral hemorrhage is high blood pressure.
About Medical City Plano:
Medical City Plano this year celebrates 40 years of caring for residents of Collin and adjoining counties. It is a full-service, 493-bed, acute-care facility with more than 1,600 employees, including 1,000-plus physicians who represent upwards of 70 specialties and subspecialties. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Medical City Plano is a Level II Trauma Center and recently was designated a Comprehensive (Level I) Stroke Center. Other honors and accolades include the Level III recognition granted to the NICU and the hospital's Magnet designation for nursing excellence. Medical City Plano also owns the distinction of having been Collin County’s first Chest Pain Accredited hospital. Visit medicalcityplano.com for more information.