During cerebral embolectomy, a blood clot or foreign body blocking blood flow through a cerebral artery is removed. During this procedure, a bone flap in the skull may be removed and stitched back into place.
Also Known As:
- Microsurgical embolectomy
- Brain surgery
Conditions Treated with Cerebral Embolectomy:
Cerebral embolectomy is performed in cases of brain trauma, a foreign body embolism in the brain and a cerebral embolism.
There are no comparable non-surgical alternatives to cerebral embolectomy. Surgical alternatives to the procedure include interventional stroke treatment and the use of a penumbra or merci clot retrieval device.
Anesthesia with Cerebral Embolectomy:
Cerebral embolectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Cerebral Embolectomy:
Possible risks following cerebral embolectomy include stroke, infection, coma, brain swelling, seizures, hemorrhage and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience cerebral vasospasm.
Prognosis after Cerebral Embolectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following cerebral embolectomy is good.
Recovery from Cerebral Embolectomy:
Total recovery time after cerebral embolectomy is one to four weeks.