Thanks to a procedure called thrombectomy, the effects of some severe strokes can be completely reversed, and patients can make a full recovery if they receive treatment in a timely manner.
Thrombectomy is a relatively new radiologically guided, interventional procedure for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke which has been shown to be effective up to 24 hours post-onset of stroke. This form of stroke is caused by a blood clot in a major blood vessel in the brain. It is estimated that approximately 10 to 20 percent of all stroke patients present with this type of stroke.
Beaumont Hospital is now home to the National Thrombectomy Service and patients are referred here from all over the country to access the thrombectomy procedure. €10,000 was provided to neuroradiology to help establish a critical pathway for patients to be referred to Beaumont and to create increased awareness of this in hospitals countrywide.