Thursday, April 20, 2017

Neurosurgeon Joseph Serrone, MD, Specialist in Treating Strokes and Other Blood Vessel Disorders, Joins Loyola Medicine

MAYWOOD, IL –  Neurosurgeon Joseph Serrone, MD, a specialist in minimally invasive endovascular treatments of strokes and other blood vessel disorders of the brain and spinal cord, has joined Loyola Medicine.

Dr. Serrone is part of a new generation of neurosurgeons who are using catheter systems to repair aneurysms, open clogged arteries, extract blood clots and repair blood vessel malformations. These endovascular techniques are much less invasive than open brain surgery, which involves cutting an opening in the skull.

Dr. Serrone is trained to perform open surgery when endovascular surgery is not possible. With his dual training in open and endovascular surgery, Dr. Serrone can offer patients the safest and most effective treatment options for complex neurovascular disease.

Dr. Serrone also uses both endovascular and open surgery techniques to open clogged carotid arteries in the neck.

“This is a very exciting time in the field,” Dr. Serrone said. “As devices and endovascular techniques continue to improve, we are able to treat more patients with minimally invasive techniques, with better outcomes.”

For example, endovascular devices called stent retrievers enable Dr. Serrone to minimize the effects of ischemic strokes in patients who arrive at the hospital within six hours. (An ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot that blocks blood flow to a part of the brain.) Dr. Serrone inserts a catheter in the patient’s groin and guides the thin tube through various blood vessels up to the brain. Once the catheter reaches the blockage, Dr. Serrone deploys a stent retriever. The device grabs the clot, which is pulled out as Dr. Serrone removes the catheter. Dr. Serrone also uses a device that suctions out the clot, like a mini vacuum cleaner.

Dr. Serrone also treats brain aneurysms with endovascular techniques. An aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel that is at risk of leaking or rupturing, resulting in brain damage. Dr. Serrone guides a catheter to the aneurysm and releases tiny coils of platinum wire into the bulge. The aneurysm fills up with coils, causing blood to clot. This effectively seals off the aneurysm.

Most aneurysms don’t need to be treated because they still are small enough that there is a minimal risk of rupture. One of Dr. Serrone’s areas of research is determining through periodic MRIs when an aneurysm grows large enough that it should be treated.

Dr. Serrone is an assistant professor in the department of neurological surgery of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, graduating summa cum laude. He completed a residency in neurosurgery and a fellowship in endovascular/cerebrovascular surgery at the University of Cincinnati. He completed a fellowship in cerebrovascular/skull base surgery at Helsinki University Central Hospital.

Before joining Loyola, Dr. Serrone was an attending neurosurgeon at Virginia Mason Medical Center.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.