On March 27, 2006, at 4 p.m. EST Michael Landis, MD, and Franklin Sequeira, MD, performed an endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair with the GORE EXCLUDER® AAA Endoprosthesis. The procedure was performed at the St. Francis Hospital & Health Center in Indianapolis, Indiana and moderated by Dawn Salvatore, MD. Doctors William Berg and Juan Weksler are also involved in the case.
The annual mortality from abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) rupture is 15,000 patients, making it the 13th leading cause of death in the US. Traditional surgical treatment of AAA involves a large incision to place a synthetic graft to repair the diseased artery. This method can result in long hospital stays and painful recoveries.
The GORE EXCLUDER® AAA Endoprosthesis is an innovative device designed to be a minimally invasive treatment option for patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). It is constructed of a durable ePTFE bifurcated graft with an outer self-expanding Nitinol support structure to combine both device flexibility and material durability. The function of the endoprosthesis is to internally reline the abdominal aorta, including the bifurcation, and isolate the aneurysm from blood circulation. The device is inserted by a catheter-based delivery technique through small incisions in the patient's legs. The expected outcomes of this new treatment option include decreased procedural times and shorter hospital stays.
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