Venous sinus stenting and thrombosis can effectively reduce high pressure in the fluid that surrounds your brain. It’s an innovative, minimally invasive approach that can deliver impressive results in the hands of skilled practitioners like the team at RIA Neurovascular in Englewood, Colorado. To explore this and other treatments in more detail, come in for a one-on-one consultation. Scheduling an appointment takes just moments, simply call the practice to find a time that fits your busy life.
Venous sinus stenting and thrombosis is a procedure that treats idiopathic intracranial hypertension, which is high pressure in the fluid surrounding our brain. That fluid is called cerebrospinal fluid and serves to cushion and nourish your brain as well as carry away waste products.
Certain medications can cause intracranial hypertension, as can a brain tumor, blood clot, or even excessive intake of vitamin A. Venous sinus stenting and thrombosis can reduce that pressure by surgically positioning a stent, or tube, into a vein to correct venous stenosis, or narrowing.
The process begins by creating a small opening in your hip or wrist to gain access to an artery. A series of catheters, or hollow surgical tubes, are inserted into an artery and guided to the vein where narrowing has occurred. A special IV dye allows your practitioner to see the placement of the catheters and helps guide the process.
Once in place, a procedure called venous angioplasty may be used to widen the vessel. This involves inflating a tiny medical balloon on the end of a catheter once inside the vessel to push the walls apart gently. That allows a catheter equipped with the stent to reach the area.
When properly positioned, the stent pushes against the walls of the vein, giving it the support it needs to remain open. The catheter is withdrawn from the vein, and the incision is closed.
This procedure can improve symptoms of intracranial hypertension, including vision changes, neck and shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears.
Once in place, your stent will remain indefinitely. If your condition worsens or there are signs of a problem, advanced imaging technology can check the position of your stent. Your specialist can determine if additional treatments are needed.
For many, venous sinus stenting and thrombosis, and other neurovascular interventions are the motivating factor in making significant lifestyle improvements. Speak with your practitioner to discuss ways you can make meaningful changes to support a long and healthy life. To set up a visit, call the office, and speak to a team member directly.