David Siker has treated more brain aneurysms in the Portland area than any other physician in the last 22 years. He’s performed over 1100 neurointerventionalist procedures, 95%+ with minimally-invasive techniques that don’t require opening the brain. It’s Safer and Smarter.
He is a pre-eminent specialist in endovascular coiling and flow diversion techniques. These procedures involve inserting a catheter into an artery in the groin area, and using a stent or coils to reduce blood flow to the aneurysm. It is far less risky than a craniotomy, and the patient usually leaves the hospital the next day, resuming normal daily activities.
Dr. Siker is not only committed to treating his own patients with these safer, less expensive, and more efficient techniques, he is a tireless advocate for changing the overall approach to the treatment of brain aneurysms. Cutting through the skull with a saw and drill is dangerous, expensive, and puts an enormous and undue amount of stress on the patient’s body, requiring several months’ recovery time. And what’s worse, it is unnecessary.
Many competing practitioners use minimally-invasive techniques less than 50% of the time, opting for the riskier, more expensive option. This must change, and Dr. Siker is spearheading that change. His goal is to educate medical practitioners and the general public about minimally-invasive treatment of brain aneurysms, and persuade his colleagues to raise their use of these techniques to above the 90% level.
Initial office visits are an hour of one on one time, learning the patient’s history, counseling them about all options in meticulous detail, and this intensive involvement continues through any necessary procedures and beyond. Improvements to minimally-invasive aneurysm treatments are always being developed, and Dr. Siker continues keeps abreast of these changes, in order to improve his practice and make outcomes even better for his patients.