Endovascular neurosurgery in Europe: an International Survey and future perspectives

Simone Peschillo*, Torstein R Meling

*Corresponding author for this work

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Recent advancements in neurosurgery have transformed patient care through minimally invasive procedures and led to a notable surge in endovascular treatments. However, the regulatory landscape governing these procedures across European countries varies, impacting treatment access and collaboration. This paper discusses the results of a survey on European legislation regarding endovascular neurosurgery, exploring current practices and speculating on the field's future.

METHODS: An e-mail survey was distributed to 41 European countries, targeting European member societies within the EANS. Thirty-seven completed questionnaires were returned, providing insights into neuroendovascular treatment legislation and restrictions.

RESULTS: Legislation and certification varied across the surveyed countries, with only two countries prohibiting endovascular neurosurgery. Eight countries required specific fellowship programs. Resistance from radiologists was noted in many countries.

CONCLUSIONS: Despite growing support for neurosurgeons performing endovascular treatments in Europe, challenges persist. Specialized care, improved access, and a broadening spectrum of treatable conditions contribute to the argument for involvement of neurosurgeons.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of neurosurgical sciences
Volume68
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)254-259
Number of pages6
ISSN0390-5616
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2024

Keywords

  • Endovascular Procedures/methods
  • Europe
  • Humans
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurosurgical Procedures/trends
  • Surveys and Questionnaires

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