Medical device made in Indianapolis changes treatment for stroke patients

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 18, 2015) – A tool developed in Indianapolis is improving treatment options for stroke patients.

The device is called BrainPath and it was developed by a local company named Nico. BrainPath enables surgeons to make it into the brain and remove clots with a lower risk of causing more damage.

“This is really a technique as much as a tool,” said Dr. Ronald Young. “It’s a minimally invasive approach to taking hemorrhage out of the brain in patients with strokes.”

Patients who are treated using BrainPath are leaving the hospital faster, according to Dr. Young. One of those patients is 81-year-old Eddie Fearnow. He suffered a stroke last April. Doctors in Kokomo told Fearnow’s family there was little that could be done. Then, Fearnow was transferred to Indianapolis.

“He came from another hospital where he had a large hemorrhage,” Dr. Young said. “He was starting to deteriorate. They put him on a ventilator, his speech was becoming garbled, he was become much less responsive.”

Dr. Young treated Fearnow using the new technique involving BrainPath.  Just a few months later, Fearnow feels like himself again.

“The miracle is not with me,” Fearnow said.

Instead, he attributes his recovery to his doctor and the treatment.

“Everything started to come back into focus again,” Fearnow said. “I feel pretty good.”

BrainPath allows surgeons to get to some tough to reach spots in the brain to remove clots. Fearnow’s brain scans show how much his brain healed after his operation.

“It’s really been fun to watch how he’s recovered and see how much his family has enjoyed Eddie being there, being Eddie,” Dr. Young said.

Doctors around the country are taking note of this technique. There are now more than 200 surgeons using BrainPath at 53 centers.