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Is there any way that surgery can help fix the damage from a stroke if it's done quickly enough?
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Dr. Robert Replogle
Neurosurgery
In brief: Yes sometimes
When a stroke occurs, there can be brain which has a relatively low blood supply but is still alive and salvageable along with already dead brain.
We call this salvageable region the "penumbra" and we can rescue this with a thrombectomy technique. Some patients don't have a salvageable penumbra and aren't candidates for thrombectomy. There are special ct perfusion scans we use to determine this.

In brief: Yes sometimes
When a stroke occurs, there can be brain which has a relatively low blood supply but is still alive and salvageable along with already dead brain.
We call this salvageable region the "penumbra" and we can rescue this with a thrombectomy technique. Some patients don't have a salvageable penumbra and aren't candidates for thrombectomy. There are special ct perfusion scans we use to determine this.
Dr. Robert Replogle
Dr. Robert Replogle
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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurology
In brief: Thrombectomy
During the first few hours after a stroke, an acute blood clot (thrombus) in a cerebral artery causing sufficient obstruction can cause a stroke.
If you are fortunate enough to live near an interventional neuroradiologist or neurosurgeon, a procedure removing clot from artery can be done.

In brief: Thrombectomy
During the first few hours after a stroke, an acute blood clot (thrombus) in a cerebral artery causing sufficient obstruction can cause a stroke.
If you are fortunate enough to live near an interventional neuroradiologist or neurosurgeon, a procedure removing clot from artery can be done.
Dr. Edward Smith
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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery
In brief: No
Surgery can prevent more damage, but will not fix damage already present.

In brief: No
Surgery can prevent more damage, but will not fix damage already present.
Dr. Roger Frankel
Dr. Roger Frankel
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