Minimally Invasive & Traditional Brain Surgery
Many people live in areas without rapid access to experts in recognizing and treating stroke with the most advanced practices. One way Tulane has worked to help these communities is with its telestroke program. We partner with hospitals in Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast to bring expedited treatment into emergency departments in the region. We are able to examine the patient via video with the aid of a system called In Touch for use on the iPad or computer desktop. Partnering hospitals are trained to help with the examination.
The Tulane stroke expert can drive the robot to get better angles and zoom for an optimized view of the patient and signs that might be present. All images used in the diagnosis of stroke are sent to Tulane within a few seconds. We are able to talk to families about potential treatment options and develop a plan of care. This system and partnerships with other facilities, allow us to treat patients in the region as though they are next door.
If necessary, Tulane is able to rapidly transport patients for more intensive care and potential surgical interventions. Telestroke is truly revolutionizing the access to care for patients with strokes in the gulf south region. We no longer fear families having a neurologic emergency outside of the city of New Orleans as we have resources that can reach them, wherever they may be. Tulane has received highest recognition from the Joint Commission for dedication to stroke.
Tulane is the first hospital in the region to invest in the Excelsius GPS spine robot, which is the most advanced spinal surgery technology, allowing unprecedented minimally invasive surgical accuracy with smaller incisions, less scarring and less blood loss, resulting in decreased pain and discomfort and faster recovery after surgery. Under the expertise of nationally recognized Spine Program Director, Dr. Christopher Maulucci, Tulane serves as a teaching and observation site for the Excelsius Spine Robot where physicians may travel to observe surgery, learn more about the robot, and ask questions to help improve their own practices. Our program in minimally invasive spine surgery is a leader in the region.