Comprehensive Stroke Center at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

Stroke remains the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Our patients in Western New York have a high risk of stroke due to the high incident of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, tobacco use and alcoholism in our region.

At Mercy Hospital of Buffalo we have formed a large group of physicians and staff with specialty training in the treatment of stroke to treat the needs of the people in our region. Our commitment to stroke care has resulted in getting the elite designation of Joint Commission certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. This certification means our patients receive:

  • Improved quality of care
  • A higher standard of service
  • Access to treatment for the most complex stroke cases
  • Advanced surgical treatments for stroke care
  • A dedicated neuro critical care unit that provides care 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week for complex stroke patients
  • Advanced-imaging capabilities

Our team provides a comprehensive approach to stroke care before, during and after suffering a stroke, through preventive, emergency and rehabilitative care.

Advanced Surgical Treatments Provided at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo

For patients with the most severe strokes, our radiologists and neurosurgeons are available to perform surgical treatment that may reduce the risk of disability or reverse a stroke in process, including:

  • Carotid endarterectomy—a surgeon opens the carotid artery, removes plaque and sutures the artery back in place
  • Stent placement—a surgeon places a stent to open the clogged vessel
  • Mechanical thrombectomy—a surgeon removes clot from brain blood vessels to prevent a permanent stroke should be done within eight hours of acute stroke symptoms
  • Cerebral bypass—a surgeon attaches a normal artery to a blocked artery as to increase the blood flow to the brain
  • Hemicraniectomy—procedure to reduce the pressure within the brain once a stroke has occurred
  • Clipping/coiling—a surgeon removes an aneurysm from the blood vessel to prevent a subarachnoid hemorrhage

Inpatient Stroke Care

We are committed to providing a compassionate, individualized approach to stroke care that begins as soon as you enter our Emergency Room and continues through your inpatient stay and rehabilitation. Our stroke patients are cared for in a dedicated stroke unit and neuro critical care unit. Having a dedicated team can improve your outcomes and decreases complications and the amount of time you spend in the hospital.

During your stay, neurologists, neurosurgeons, nurses with advanced training in stroke care, and a medical team containing experts in stroke treatment and complications, including physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists and rehabilitation specialists all work together so you can have the best possible recovery.

Why Choose Mercy Hospital for Stroke Care?

At Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, we ensure you are receiving the best in stroke care offering you:

  • The region’s only Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
  • High performance with “Time to Thrombolytic” performance measurement—receiving the drug timely greatly reduces the risk of permanent disability
  • 24 hours-a-day access to endovascular neurosurgeon, neurosurgery and neurologists trained to diagnose and treat ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.
  • Neuroradiologists specially trained to diagnose and treat ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.
  • Operating room teams that are specially-trained for stroke treatments and care
  • Advanced imaging technology including CT scan, CT Perfusion, CT Angiography, MRI and MRI with Diffusion— allowing the stroke team to get clear, three-dimensional images of blood vessels prior to, during and after treatments
  • Experienced stroke coordinators—registered nurses who follow the patient from the time they come to the Emergency Room through your recovery
  • Comprehensive stroke therapy services and after stroke care/therapy.
  • A fellowship training program in endovascular neurosurgery and neuro critical care.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

From newly designed operating suites to outpatient rehabilitation facilities, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo is dedicated to providing world-class care to all of our patients at the area’s best stroke care facilities. Our facilities include:

  • State-of-the art operating suites
  • A Neurology/Neurosurgery critical care unit with specially-trained neuro critical care and stroke care physicians, advanced practice providers and nurses
  • A designated inpatient unit for stroke patients with specially-trained nurses and staff
  • Sub-acute rehabilitation for patients not yet ready to return home
  • Outpatient rehabilitation facilities