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Extracranial-Intracranial Bypass Surgery

Extracranial-intracranial bypass surgery helps patients with stroke, aneurysm or skull-based tumors

Patients with symptomatic obstruction of the arteries inside the brain have a high risk of subsequent stroke. Anticoagulant and antiplatelet agents may not be effective for many of these patients. Extracranial-intracranial (Ec-Ic) arterial bypass surgery is a treatment option for select patients.  

EC IC bypass

The procedure is performed by highly skilled neurosurgeons who have undergone extensive training in microvascular neurosurgery. Successful surgical outcomes are based on very selective preoperative criteria and surgeon experience. Ec-Ic bypass is appropriate for some patients who experience recurrent TIAs despite best medical management. In addition, the surgical treatment of complex aneurysms and skull-based tumors may occasionally require Ec-Ic bypass surgery to maintain cerebral blood flow. 

The Neurosurgery department of CentraCare Neurosciences now offers full neurovascular services, including Ec-Ic bypass surgery.

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