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At Mountain States Medical Group, we understand surgery can be an intimidating process. But, we are proud to offer neuroendovascular surgery to our region, which provides minimally invasive procedures and shorter recovery times for patients with neurological diseases.
How does it work? A small catheter is threaded through an artery or vein to the area that needs treatment. Once the catheter has reached its destination, treatment can be administered through the catheter. This technique dramatically reduces trauma associated with treating neurological diseases through other types of surgery.
Our specialists are highly trained and utilize state-of-the-art technology and facilities to offer customized care. If you need neuroendovascular surgery, rest assured, we are prepared and ready to care for you – because at Mountain States Medical Group, your health is our passion.
Some of the diagnoses we treat include:
- Arterial fistulas
- Arteriovenous malformations
- Brain aneurysm
- Brain tumor
- Intracranial aneurysm
- Intracranial and extracranial arterial stenosis
Our “Life Saved” videos feature grateful stroke survivors and their stories about their experience and the treatment they received from our neuroendovascular team at the Stroke Center at JCMC.
Meet our NeuroEndovascular Team:
Brian Mason, M.D.
Areas of expertise:
- Diagnostic cerebral angiograms
- Endovascular neurosurgical treatment of brain aneurysms with coils, stents and pipeline embolization devices
- Endovascular neurosurgical treatment of atherosclerotic disease of the vessels in the neck (carotid vessels) and in the brain with stents and balloon angioplasty
- Endovascular neurological treatment of brain and spine aterio-venous malformations with liquid embolic agents
- Endovascular treatment of acute stroke
- Minimally invasive treatment of vertebral body fractures with kyphoplasty
Dr. Mason is board certified in Radiology as a sub-specialist in vascular and interventional radiology and earned his medical degree through an accelerated six-year combined bachelors/medical degree program at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. He completed his diagnostic radiology residency training at Bridgeport/Yale-New Haven Hospital where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Mason advanced his medical preparation by training further to sub-specialize in image guided micro-invasive techniques at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Mason was in private practice as an interventional radiologist in a large tertiary referral center for nine years in Orlando, Florida, where he also acted as the section chair. He completed his training with a Neuroendovascular Interventional Neurosurgery fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Medical Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Mason has been widely published in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Samuel "Chip" Massey, M.D.
Dr. Massey is board certified in Radiology with a fellowship in NeuroRadiology and Endovascular Neurosurgery. He earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he served as the Chief Resident. He is a senior member of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery. He is also a member of the Radiological Society of North America, the American College of Radiology, the American Roentgen Ray Society and the American Society of Neuroradiology.
What is a stroke?
A stroke, which can also be referred to as a brain attack, occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. Disruption in blood flow is caused when either a blood clot blocks one of the vital blood vessels in the brain (ischemic stroke), or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into surrounding tissues (hemorrhagic stroke). The brain needs a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients in order to function. Even if there is a brief interruption in blood supply it can still cause problems. Brain cells begin to die after just a few minutes without blood or oxygen due to both the physical and chemical changes that occur in the brain with stroke, damage can continue to occur for several days. Impairment of brain function occurs with the loss of brain cells. The impairment of brain function may include impaired ability with movement, speech, thinking and memory, bowel and bladder function, eating, emotional control,and other vital body functions. Recovery from stroke and the specific impaired ability depends on the size and location of the stroke. A small stroke may result in problems such as weakness in an arm or leg, whereas larger strokes may cause paralysis, loss of speech, or even death.
What can I expect if I am having surgery?
You will be given specific instructions on the time to arrive at the hospital and where to check in. Once checked in you will be directed to a Pre-Operation area where you will change into a hospital gown, and you may get white stockings to wear to help prevent blood clots in your legs after surgery. Our endovascular nurses will talk with you about the type of anesthesia and pain medication you will be receiving, and an IV line will be placed in your arm for fluids and medicine throughout your surgery.
As with all surgeries, you will be asked to sign a standard consent form prior to surgery and your surgeon will discuss the specifics of any risks associated with your individual situation. If you have any questions prior to surgery, please do not hesitate to ask your doctor or any other member of your health care team.
Please visit our Health Library to learn more about NeuroEndovascular Surgery and other medical conditions, treatments, nutrition, healthy living and general wellness. You will also find a Symptom Checker to help you evaluate whether the symptoms you are experiencing can be taken care of at home or if you need medical attention.