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Solitaire is a stent-like tube that is surgically inserted through a small incision in the groin and threaded via catheter through the femoral artery to the location of the blood clot in the brain. There, the device is opened so that the surgeon can “grab” the clot and remove it from the body, thereby opening the vessel and restoring blood flow to the brain.
Clinical studies have shown that patients treated with Solitaire had higher rates of neurological function and reduced death from stroke three months after the procedure, compared to patients treated with earlier clot-retrieval devices.
Neurological Observation/Stroke Unit
Albany Medical Center's Neurological Observation/Stroke Unit is one of the most advanced units in the Northeast. It is the only neurological observation unit, in the region, with a team dedicated to caring for patients with stroke and other serious neurological conditions.
The Observation Unit is designed with an open floor plan, so that clinicians can continuously monitor patients. Nurses can often pick up changes in patients very early, because they can see them at all times. The unit features eight beds with sophisticated instrumentation to monitor hemodynamic and cerebrovascular function.
Patients with acute stroke, post TPA administration, subarachnoid hemorrhage, post-craniotomy (post tumor resection, aneurysm clipping, hemorrhage evacuation), sub-dural grid placement for epilepsy monitoring, head injury (may or may not require surgical intervention), brain biopsy, post-neurointerventional (for aneurysm embolization, AVM embolization, cerebral diagnostic, intracranial angioplasty, and/or stenting, intra-arterial TPA administration, clot retrieval) are typically treated in the Observation Unit.