Primary Stroke Center
Benefits of the Comprehensive Stroke Center
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has earned the designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission®, recognizing our commitment to quality and the highest standards of care. Our team of neurosurgeons and interventional neuroradiologists offer the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques to patients who have a potentially debilitating neurological problems.
Stroke Treatment Tailored to Each Patient's Needs
Our experts can address any condition related to stroke, including:
We offer patients the latest treatment options, particularly in minimally invasive surgical techniques. Here, you will find all the latest treatments, under one roof.
Patients receive care from our team of experts who specialize in neurosurgery, neurology, critical care, rehabilitation and other areas of neuroscience. Combining all these resources allows us to address the unique needs of patients, and develop individualized treatment plans.
Leaders in Stroke Treatment
Our surgical stroke interventions team includes:
Rashid Janjua, MD, is one of only five neurosurgeons in North Carolina trained in both endovascular neurosurgery and cerebrovascular surgery allowing him to treat the carotid artery with stents or open surgery as well as aneurysms with minimally invasive techniques like coils or with open surgery. Wake Forest Baptist is the only hospital in the Piedmont Triad with this type of specialist. Dr. Janjua is the first physician in the region to perform the Solitaire™ FR, Onyx® HD-500 and Pipeline® procedures.
John Wilson, MD, a neurosurgeon, and Pearse Morris, MD, an interventional neuroradiologist, are specially trained physicians whose work with stroke patients emphasizes the need for personalized treatment plans and specialized techniques.
Dr. Wilson is a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon with expertise in carotid endarterectomy and EC-IC bypass. Dr. Morris is one of the most well-known interventional neuroradiologists in the country and author of the book, Practical Neuroangiography.
Specialized Treatment for Stroke Patients
Wake Forest Baptist is recognized as a leader in the treatment of stroke patients because of our stroke team's expertise in the use of the latest techniques and technology.
Solitaire™ FR: This device is for patients suffering from ischemic stroke. Guided through the patient's groin up to the brain with very tiny tubes (catheters), the Solitaire device restores blood flow to the brain by mechanically removing stroke-inducing blood clots. Wake Forest Baptist is the first hospital in North Carolina to use the device.
Onyx® HD-500: In this procedure, a non-adhesive liquid embolic agent is injected into the large aneurysm so the aneurysm is isolated and blocked off. It is an alternative to surgical clipping of an aneurysm or other endovascular strategy. By sealing the aneurysm, the patient is less likely to require retreatment.
Pipeline®: An aneurysm occlusion device is used in this procedure to reconstruct the parent artery by providing a flexible, supportive scaffolding across the neck of the aneurysm, redirecting blood flow away from the aneurysm (so-called flow diversion) used in the treatment of wide-necked and large aneurysms amongst others.
Carotid Endarterectomy: This surgical procedure is used to prevent stroke by eliminating stenosis and therefore restoring blood flow to the brain. Doctors Wilson and Janjua are two of the only few surgeons in North Carolina to perform this surgery with a regional anesthetic, which helps reduce risks associated with the use of general anesthesia.
Extra-Cranial-Intra-Cranial (EC-IC) Bypass: This surgical procedure increases cerebral blood flow by connecting the superficial temporal artery to a branch of the middle cerebral artery. Wake Forest Baptist is the only hospital in the area to offer this procedure.