COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Strokes are the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disabilities in the United States and Piedmont Columbus Regional has a new treatment to help fight against them.
Piedmont Columbus Regional is the only hospital in the region with the new treatment for hemorrhagic strokes, which occur when an artery in the brain ruptures and you get bleeding in the brain.
The new treatment utilizes computer-assisted navigation into the brain and a suction probe pulls out the blood that is pooling in the brain.
This allows doctors to intervene in cases where they can prevent death, long-term disability and prolonged recovery.
This treatment is so new that the hospital has been able to do trials, but they are up and running and able to offer this treatment as an option for patients.
“Before we’d have these patients coming into the ER with these devastating bleeds in their brain and we really wouldn’t have much to offer them other than preventing complications from that blood in the brain," said Director of Neuroscience Services Lines Kelli Brennan, "but now we’re able to offer an acute treatment to remove that blood out of the brain and give them a better chance of recovery.”
If you or someone else is experiencing symptoms of a stroke, call 911 immediately.
Piedmont Columbus Regional’s Midtown campus offers the new treatment.