The Interventional Radiology Team at Riverside Community Hospital

Riverside, CA - Riverside Community Hospital, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare, is continuing to seek new methodologies in the advancement of stroke care. Some of the hospital's latest treatment methods include the ability to stabilize a wider range of aneurysms without the need for combination stenting. In some scenarios, aneurysm treatments that would have otherwise required supportive stenting, may be able to be corrected with minimized device implantation. The potential to eliminate the need for a stent means patients may leave their procedure without the need for an additional medication after treatment.

An aneurysm occurs when part of a blood vessel becomes weak, causing the vessel to balloon or bulge and fill with blood. Aneurysms can occur in any blood vessel in the body; however, brain aneurysms are the most life-threatening. If left untreated, the aneurysm may continue to weaken until it bursts and bleeds in the brain. Coils are a minimally invasive solution for treating aneurysms. They come in different materials (usually platinum) and are soft and pliable to conform to the shape of the aneurysm. The coils are placed directly in an aneurysm to prevent blood from flowing into the aneurysm.

Dr. Charles Stout, Stroke Medical Director at Riverside Community Hospital, performed the first procedure early in February and 39 since. This advanced coil system automatically forms a 4-sided shape and is a soft coil which causes less stress to the aneurysm and less stress to the surrounding vessels. This minimizes the changes of rupture while securing the aneurysm and gives the ability to coil aneurysms as it will form a tighter coil. The shape lends to stronger placement in the aneurysmal cavity, making it less likely to slip into the main vessel corridor, decreasing complication rates.

Riverside Community Hospital has one the best outcomes for aneurysm embolization securement in the nation. This new technology with increase the hospital's already strong outcomes. “Our goal is always to improve patient outcomes,” said Dr. Stout. “Our community can take pride in and rest assured knowing we have the innovative technology and expertise to treat the most complex and life-threatening strokes.”