The new neurointervention suite at Children’s Hospital of Orange County is designed to increase survival and reduce disability among pediatric patients with neurological anomalies.
Allied Anesthesia physician Joseph Kim, who is the medical director of anesthesia at CHOC, was directly involved in creating the service that recently opened. Kim worked closely with Dr. Shuichi Suzuki, neurointervention specialist at the UC Irvine Medical Center, to ensure the opening went smoothly.
Previously, when children needed this procedure, they would have to be transferred to UC Irvine Medical Center or other outside hospitals, which caused logistical problems and potentially life-threatening delays in treatment.
“What this does is provide a central location for the pediatric population to come and have their neurological anomalies treated in a timely manner by eliminating the need to transfer back and forth between CHOC and other hospitals,” Kim said.
Two of the most common conditions that require neurointervention techniques are arteriovenous malformations and cerebral aneurisms, according to Kim. Some conditions are congenital and some are the result of trauma.
Kim recalls one patient, a young girl whose head was run over by a car resulting in multiple arteriovenous malformations. CHOC’s neurointervention team has treated her twice already to try to eliminate the malformations.
“We’re excited to have started this service at CHOC,” Kim said.