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Interventional Neurology

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Interventional neurologists use minimally invasive techniques to treat conditions that affect the blood vessels in the brain and spine. These techniques have faster recovery times than open neurosurgical procedures and reduce the risk for bleeding and infection.

Interventional neurologists work closely with endovascular surgeons and neurosurgeons to treat problems such as:

At the University of Miami Health System, we use the latest technology to perform interventional neurology procedures, including 3-D imaging that allows our physician to carefully guide specialized tools through blood vessels and into the brain. We also use a variety of advanced tools to remove blood clots, place stents, and stop bleeding.

We also provide access to leading-edge care through National Institutes of Health sponsored clinical trials. Our experts are improving how doctors across the country treat strokes. We also research new therapies, such as stem cell therapy for stroke.

You can rely on us for comprehensive care, from lifesaving stroke and aneurysm care in our two interventional neurology suites to supportive treatment in our 24-bed neurosurgical intensive care unit and 8-bed stroke unit. Our dedicated team cares from you from diagnosis through recovery, ensuring you maintain great neurological health.

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Tests


The epileptologists at UHealth’s Department of Neurology International Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (ICEC) are trained specifically in the detection and treatment of epilepsy. By using the latest diagnostic technology, they will be able to tell the difference between an epileptic seizure and one that is caused by another condition.

  • Doctor Evaluation

    During an exam a neurologist may ask you about any headaches or other pain occurring in or near the brain and cognitive problems, such as an ability to concentrate or recall certain facts.

    They will likely ask you questions specifically about your seizures, including:

    • Is there something that could have provoked the seizure or event, like sleep deprivation, alcohol or drug abuse, or anything else?
    • Where were you and what was going on when the seizure started?
    • Did it happen right after you stood up?
    • Was there a warning, like an unusual feeling before the seizure started?
    • Exactly what happened during the seizure?
    • How long did it last?
    • Were you tired or confused after the seizure?
    • Have you had more than one seizure? If so, were they all alike?
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)

    A procedure that records the brain's continuous, electrical activity by means of electrodes attached to the scalp. This may tell the doctor if you have had a seizure recently and what kind of seizure it was.

  • Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)

    During this procedure a special needle is placed into the area around the spinal cord in your lower back. The pressure in the spinal canal and brain can then be measured. A small amount of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) can be removed and sent for testing to determine if there is an infection or other problems. CSF is the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord.

Treatments


Our physician experts use lasers to surgically target the part of the brain where seizures originate, in order to control the activity. These procedures are less invasive and the recovery from the surgery is faster.

  • Medication

    A doctor may prescribe medication based on the type of epileptic seizure and syndrome, on the age and gender of the patient, on the existence of other medical, cognitive and psychiatric disorders and on whether other medication is used for the treatment of these conditions.  Approximately 60 to 70 percent of patients will become seizure-free with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs).

  • Surgery

    Unfortunately, 30 to 40 percent of patients will continue to have seizures despite the use of AEDs. In such cases, your physician will discuss what surgical options may be best for you.  If you are considered to be a good candidate for surgery, there is a 50 to 70 percent chance of being cured.

  • Implantable Computer Chip

    Another promising advancement is a computer chip that is programmed to detect abnormal brain activity that precedes a seizure and responds with brief electrical stimulation that disrupts the activity and normalizes brainwaves often before seizure symptoms begin.

  • Vagus Nerve Stimulation

    VNS attempts to control seizures by sending small pulses of energy to the brain from the vagus nerve, which is a large nerve in the neck. This is done by surgically placing a small battery into the chest wall. Small wires are then attached to the battery and placed under the skin and around the vagus nerve. The battery is then programmed to send energy impulses every few minutes to the brain. When the person feels a seizure coming on, he/she may activate the impulses by holding a small magnet over the battery. In many cases, this will help to stop the seizure.

  • Deep Brain Stimulation

    Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) sends electronic signals to the brain, which may lessen the severity and frequency of seizures. It involves placing a pacemaker-like device under the skin in your chest (not in the brain). Very thin wires connect the device to your brain to enable the signals to reach the source of your symptoms. 


Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • DIKLA
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • EHN PPO
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • FCCI WC
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care