Minnesota is a big player in the growing market for tools that are less invasive.
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David Tubman, Minneapolis surgeon, notes that minimally-invasive brain aneurysm repairs have come a long way since he started in the 1990s. “The skinny tools that can reach deep into the brain to treat aneurysms and strokes without cutting through the skull have advanced far enough to spur new medical specialties known as endovascular neurosurgery and interventional neuroradiology, whose practitioners wield devices backed by clinical evidence and a robust commercial market.”
Smaller devices that are able to be delivered to more areas of the brain may mean that over 90% of patients could be treated without having their skulls opened. Similar types of tools are being used to treat stroke-causing blood clots as well.