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Phoenix Baptist Hospital First In State To Provide less Invasive Brain Surgery Using New Technology

7/25/2014 12:00:00 AM

PHOENIX (July 22, 2014) – Abrazo Health, the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, has announced that Phoenix Baptist Hospital is the first in the state to provide a minimally invasive, breakthrough surgical approach to reach deep or once inoperable brain abnormalities using the new NICO BrainPath device. Dr. Marco Marsella, a neurosurgeon on staff at Phoenix Baptist has successfully performed this new surgery and is the only physician in Arizona and among 121 doctors nationally trained to use the NICO BrainPath device.

The BrainPath device works with several existing and new advanced technologies integrating high definition imaging, computerized navigation, access, optics, and tissue removal and collection. The device allows physicians to navigate safely through the natural folds and delicate fibers of the brain to reach the abnormality, minimizing tissue damage by displacing tissues of the brain during advancement to the surgical site. Physicians can target and resect, with a minimally invasive microsurgical technique, deep-seated brain tumors, abscesses and hemorrhages that could not be reached, with as little disruption of tissue with traditional techniques.

“With this technology we may approach tumors that were considered hard to remove or whose resection would pose a high intraoperative risk,’’ said Dr. Marsella. “Benefits of this device include safer surgery, that usually provides faster recovery time, minimal internal and external scarring, less trauma to the brain and nerves, and fewer side effects and complications post-surgery.”

“The purchase of this new technology underscores Phoenix Baptist Hospital’s commitment to neurological patient care,” said Phoenix Baptist Hospital CEO Dan Jones. “This is a promising and significant development for both the hospital and patients needing targeted, flawless brain surgery.”

Phoenix Baptist Hospital remains dedicated to individualized neurological patient care. Through the use of innovative, specialized and comprehensive care across the neuroscience continuum, Phoenix Baptist Hospital offers a full spectrum of neurological and neurosurgical services and expertise. In January 2013, Phoenix Baptist Hospital opened its new state-of-the-art Neuroscience expansion suite, featuring the Biplane Neuroangiography System, which allows surgeons to deliver potentially life-saving care to patients with speed and accuracy by providing enhanced visualizations of the brain and spine, treatment that reduces the risk of additional problems and will also expedite recovery.

The hospital is also recognized for its award-winning stroke program. Phoenix Baptist Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality and Target Stroke: Honor Roll Achievement Awards. The awards accentuate Phoenix Baptist Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

About Abrazo Health
As the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, Abrazo Health is committed to providing excellent medical care to the residents of Maricopa County. The Abrazo system includes five acute care hospitals: Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital and West Valley Hospital; and one specialized cardiovascular hospital, Arizona Heart Hospital; with a combined 1,027 licensed beds. In addition the system consists of two health plans: Phoenix Health Plan, and Abrazo Advantage; School-Based Health Centers; and Abrazo Medical Group with 70 employed physicians in 19 valley locations. Visitwww.abrazohealth.com for more information.

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