Neurology specialist Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gökhan Ozdemir, assigned at Konya City Hospital, is restoring the health of patients with blockages in thin brain vessels that are difficult to reach and can cause permanent paralysis when left untreated, using his method.
Associate Professor Dr. Ozdemir, who stated that stroke cases occur in cases of brain artery blockage, emphasized the importance of timely intervention in these cases and expressed that death and disability rates decrease when stroke centers are reached on time.
Ozdemir explained that with the angiography procedure, which involves numbing the patient's groin area and using a catheter to visualize the problem in the brain vessels, blockages seen in brain MRIs and tomographies can be detected.
Ozdemir explained that during the operation, they perform a procedure to open blockages in the artery, which is difficult to reach with materials used during the operation, and stated the following:
"When we open the blockage in the vessel, we see that patients benefit from it, the problem decreases, many of them are completely healed, and their lives continue. It is a comfortable procedure for the patient because the patient does not receive anesthesia and does not feel any pain or discomfort. They only feel the needle inserted through the groin. Also, there is no open wound or surgical site. They are generally discharged within 1-2 days. We can perform all the procedures using a wide needle inserted through the groin. We reach the most distant and difficult vessels that feed the brain by entering through the groin and perform this procedure."
Ozdemir also commented on the difficulty of the procedure and said:
"The vessel is one in which brain vessels make turns, which makes it difficult to intervene. It is a thinner and more delicate structure than others that are intervened. This creates a challenging situation. Although there have been few case reports on this in the world, our study is the largest case series ever done. Twenty cases were published in 'Interventional Neuroradiology' as a case series. The largest case series came from Turkey. It was also accepted in an important journal in world literature. Thus, we showed that this vessel needed to be intervened."
Ozdemir explained that 20 patients who applied in Konya and were diagnosed with a blockage in a difficult and thin vessel in their brains had recovered their health with this method. He said that the operation would be completed in 30 to 60 minutes.