City doctors in major stroke treatment breakthrough

Daily Echo: City doctors in major stroke treatment breakthrough City doctors in major stroke treatment breakthrough

DOCTORS in Southampton have reversed a procedure developed to stem bleeding in the brain to help them save the lives of seriously ill stroke patients.

The innovation at Southampton General Hospital reverses a technique used for patients suffering with ruptured brain aneurysms to remove blood clots without the need for potentially dangerous surgery.

Conventionally, stroke patients are treated with blood-thinning drugs through a drip within the first three hours of the onset of their symptoms.

However, this option is not always successful for those with blockages in large vessels or suitable for those recovering from major surgery, as it puts them at risk of internal bleeding.

Dr John Millar, a consultant neuroradiologist at Southampton General, said: “Employing a procedure developed to treat ruptured brain aneurysms, we are able to open blocked vessels that cause severe strokes – something much more common than bleeding in the brain.

“Once we locate the blocked vessel, we pass a small metal stent through a micro-catheter, immediately open it and use the same device to remove the clot.”

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5:46pm Thu 7 Feb 13

nedscrumpo says...

Isn't that what the cardiac surgeons do for blocked arteries in the heart?
Isn't that what the cardiac surgeons do for blocked arteries in the heart? nedscrumpo
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7:09pm Thu 7 Feb 13

J.P.M says...

nedscrumpo wrote:
Isn't that what the cardiac surgeons do for blocked arteries in the heart?
Well...
Yes....And No..
[quote][p][bold]nedscrumpo[/bold] wrote: Isn't that what the cardiac surgeons do for blocked arteries in the heart?[/p][/quote]Well... Yes....And No.. J.P.M
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8:37pm Thu 7 Feb 13

AD1234 says...

From a recent experience I can say that the doctors I met at Southampton general are superb.

It's such a shame that the hospital is a total dump, and should have been condemned years ago. Dirty, and undecorated for perhaps decades - an example of all that is wrong with the NHS.

Bring in compulsory health insurance for those who can afford it (like me), and go for as much privatised competition as possible.

Go abroad - it works.
From a recent experience I can say that the doctors I met at Southampton general are superb. It's such a shame that the hospital is a total dump, and should have been condemned years ago. Dirty, and undecorated for perhaps decades - an example of all that is wrong with the NHS. Bring in compulsory health insurance for those who can afford it (like me), and go for as much privatised competition as possible. Go abroad - it works. AD1234
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9:29pm Thu 7 Feb 13

loosehead says...

I once was admitted to the old part of the RSH & I loved it but they did away with it but I've been up at the General once it had separate rooms for patients to go to & watch TV .this also could be used to go to when it was visiting time & you knew no one was coming so you could get out of the way.
I had a facial injury & had to go to Hospital no room any more no big TV on the ward but a little set you had to pay for & as I couldn't wear glasses I couldn't see the pictures so I was stuck with nothing to do in a cold ward as some patients had to be kept cool.
But taking all that to one side I hope this operation will save many lives as I've lost a brother through bleeding out
I once was admitted to the old part of the RSH & I loved it but they did away with it but I've been up at the General once it had separate rooms for patients to go to & watch TV .this also could be used to go to when it was visiting time & you knew no one was coming so you could get out of the way. I had a facial injury & had to go to Hospital no room any more no big TV on the ward but a little set you had to pay for & as I couldn't wear glasses I couldn't see the pictures so I was stuck with nothing to do in a cold ward as some patients had to be kept cool. But taking all that to one side I hope this operation will save many lives as I've lost a brother through bleeding out loosehead
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10:08pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Inform Al says...

AD1234 wrote:
From a recent experience I can say that the doctors I met at Southampton general are superb.

It's such a shame that the hospital is a total dump, and should have been condemned years ago. Dirty, and undecorated for perhaps decades - an example of all that is wrong with the NHS.

Bring in compulsory health insurance for those who can afford it (like me), and go for as much privatised competition as possible.

Go abroad - it works.
When the NHS was first set up private medicine was included with the income directed at the NHS. Thanks to the stupidity of COHSE and NUPE Barbara Castle was forced to take most of the private medicine from NHS hospitals therefore losing necessary income from the NHS. Nye Bevan must be spinning in his grave. A better idea would be to renationalise the whole lot.
[quote][p][bold]AD1234[/bold] wrote: From a recent experience I can say that the doctors I met at Southampton general are superb. It's such a shame that the hospital is a total dump, and should have been condemned years ago. Dirty, and undecorated for perhaps decades - an example of all that is wrong with the NHS. Bring in compulsory health insurance for those who can afford it (like me), and go for as much privatised competition as possible. Go abroad - it works.[/p][/quote]When the NHS was first set up private medicine was included with the income directed at the NHS. Thanks to the stupidity of COHSE and NUPE Barbara Castle was forced to take most of the private medicine from NHS hospitals therefore losing necessary income from the NHS. Nye Bevan must be spinning in his grave. A better idea would be to renationalise the whole lot. Inform Al
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7:30am Fri 8 Feb 13

loosehead says...

Inform Al wrote:
AD1234 wrote:
From a recent experience I can say that the doctors I met at Southampton general are superb.

It's such a shame that the hospital is a total dump, and should have been condemned years ago. Dirty, and undecorated for perhaps decades - an example of all that is wrong with the NHS.

Bring in compulsory health insurance for those who can afford it (like me), and go for as much privatised competition as possible.

Go abroad - it works.
When the NHS was first set up private medicine was included with the income directed at the NHS. Thanks to the stupidity of COHSE and NUPE Barbara Castle was forced to take most of the private medicine from NHS hospitals therefore losing necessary income from the NHS. Nye Bevan must be spinning in his grave. A better idea would be to renationalise the whole lot.
The leader of Plaid Cymri ( welsh) said Wales wants to be in the EU as they get a lot of money from the EU? she seems to forget we the UK pay in £14billion does Wales get this back each year?
Al I agree with you about the short sightedness of the people who fought to rid the NHS of private patients & the monies they brought to the NHS
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AD1234[/bold] wrote: From a recent experience I can say that the doctors I met at Southampton general are superb. It's such a shame that the hospital is a total dump, and should have been condemned years ago. Dirty, and undecorated for perhaps decades - an example of all that is wrong with the NHS. Bring in compulsory health insurance for those who can afford it (like me), and go for as much privatised competition as possible. Go abroad - it works.[/p][/quote]When the NHS was first set up private medicine was included with the income directed at the NHS. Thanks to the stupidity of COHSE and NUPE Barbara Castle was forced to take most of the private medicine from NHS hospitals therefore losing necessary income from the NHS. Nye Bevan must be spinning in his grave. A better idea would be to renationalise the whole lot.[/p][/quote]The leader of Plaid Cymri ( welsh) said Wales wants to be in the EU as they get a lot of money from the EU? she seems to forget we the UK pay in £14billion does Wales get this back each year? Al I agree with you about the short sightedness of the people who fought to rid the NHS of private patients & the monies they brought to the NHS loosehead
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8:23am Fri 8 Feb 13

The Wickham Man says...

Further Nationalisation as a solution? Don't be so simplistic.The NHS is an uncontrollable behemoth supporting a million jobs - it is too big to run and its primary function is to keep all those jobs, forget what's good for patients. Shovelling money and resources into a broken unmanageable solution makes things worse, not better. If politicians weren't so terrified of the unions the NHS could be managed as a series of smaller autonomous businesses with freedom to outsource where it works and insource where it doesn't. Some of the best treatment in the NHS is currently being provided by private companies but because that doesn't fit with union jobs propaganda it is hushed up. The way to a better NHS is to use more outsourcing, not nationalisation.
Further Nationalisation as a solution? Don't be so simplistic.The NHS is an uncontrollable behemoth supporting a million jobs - it is too big to run and its primary function is to keep all those jobs, forget what's good for patients. Shovelling money and resources into a broken unmanageable solution makes things worse, not better. If politicians weren't so terrified of the unions the NHS could be managed as a series of smaller autonomous businesses with freedom to outsource where it works and insource where it doesn't. Some of the best treatment in the NHS is currently being provided by private companies but because that doesn't fit with union jobs propaganda it is hushed up. The way to a better NHS is to use more outsourcing, not nationalisation. The Wickham Man
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