Clinical Specialties : Cerebrovascular Disorders

Stroke

The Stroke Division at the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Neurosurgery is dedicated to the acute treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of stroke victims. Its four full-time Vascular Neurology-certified faculty members interact collaboratively with vascular neurologists, neurointensivists, and neuro-interventionalists to provide the most comprehensive stroke service in South Florida. Our faculty is part of the the Stroke Service at Jackson Memorial Hospital, a Certified Primary Stroke Center.

Symptoms

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
  • Localized tingling, numbness
  • Aphasia (loss of speech)

Treatment
Cerebral Revascularization and Bypass Surgery
Our neurological surgeons have extensive experience in performing bypass brain surgery using the patient’s own scalp arteries and leg veins in some patients who have suffered a stroke or have warning signs of a stroke, or those with complex aneurysms that are not correctable with traditional surgery. Patients undergoing these demanding operations benefit from the school’s high-tech equipment, such as SPECT scanning, intraoperative angiography, and direct bloodflow microrecordings.

Resources
American Stroke Association
National Stroke Association: Life after Stroke – Survivor and Caregiver
National Stroke Association: Stroke Survivor Resources
WebMD Stroke Health Center