The UCLA Brain Aneurysm and AVM Program is a world leader for the diagnosis, treatment and management of vascular diseases of the brain and spinal cord.
UCLA neurovascular surgeons collaborated with colleagues in diagnostic neuroradiology, interventional neuroradiology, stroke neurology, neurological critical care, stereotactic radiosurgery, and neurological rehabilitation to treat more than 12,000 patients in 15 years. The program specializes in the management of complex central nervous system vascular disorders, including aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations, cavernous angiomas, and carotid and intracerebral stenosis.
Clinicians and researchers work closely with the UCLA Stroke Center, the first in Los Angeles County certified by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) as a Primary Stroke Center. As part of an academic center of excellence, the program offers opportunities for patients to participate in cutting-edge treatments sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The neurovascular team is constantly analyzing results to improve outcomes and works tirelessly to provide the very best quality of care.
The UCLA team has developed a number of state-of-the-art treatments for neurovascular patients.
The Guglielmi detachable coils (GDCs) were invented at UCLA and revolutionized the treatment of intracranial aneurysms. Current research foci include improving coils, application of stents and balloons to assist in coil delivery, refining microsurgical technique, brain injury and ruptured aneurysms, brain mapping and monitoring, improving telemedicine, and development of non-invasive four-dimensional imaging tools.