AUSTIN, Texas, April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 12, 2016, a vascular surgeon with Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons became the first in the nation to implant the GORE® EXCLUDER® Iliac Branch Endoprosthesis (IBE)—the first off-the-shelf aortic branch device approved in the U.S. and the only device designed for the endovascular treatment of common iliac artery aneurysms or aortoiliac aneurysms. Mazin Foteh, M.D., performed the procedure at Heart Hospital of Austin.
"The iliac branch device provides a significant advancement for patients suffering from iliac artery aneurysms, which can cause life-threatening uncontrolled bleeding," Dr. Foteh said. "This new technology is extremely important as it provides an iliac branch solution for patients with a previously unmet treatment need."
The first-of-its-kind device is used in conjunction with the GORE® EXCLUDER® AAA Endoprosthesis to isolate the common iliac artery from systemic blood flow and preserve blood flow in the external iliac and internal iliac arteries—a group of arteries located in the pelvis.
The IBE offers an all-in-one system with improved outcomes for the treatment of iliac artery aneurysms while preserving flow to the iliac arteries, which is the recommended treatment by vascular surgeons to sustain patient quality of life. Iliac arteries are a group of vessels that supply blood to the pelvic organs, gluteal region and legs. Preservation of blood flow in the internal iliac arteries is found to avoid pelvic flow disruption and reduce the rate of claudication, sexual dysfunction and colonic ischemia.
"Every day, new technologies pave the way for better treatment options and an improved quality of life for our patients," David Laird, chief executive officer of Heart Hospital of Austin, said. "The addition of this technology is part of Heart Hospital of Austin's commitment to providing the most effective and innovative cardiovascular care possible to our patients."
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the GORE® EXCLUDER® Iliac device in March 2016.
Heart Hospital of Austin
Heart Hospital of Austin, located at 3801 North Lamar Boulevard, is part of St. David's HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation's highest presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership—in 2014 and recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Truven Health Analytics in January 2012. Additionally, Heart Hospital of Austin—in conjunction with its parent campus, St. David's Medical Center—received the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™, 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and the 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ from Healthgrades—a unique trio of awards that only six hospitals in the nation were able to achieve in 2016. HealthGrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, awarded Heart Hospital of Austin the 2016 America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ for the second consecutive year—in conjunction with its parent campus, St. David's Medical Center. Heart Hospital of Austin—one of the largest non-academic cardiovascular research sites in the world—is a 58-bed hospital with a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department, an advanced Executive Wellness Program, five operating rooms (ORs), including two hybrid ORs, three catheterization labs and two electrophysiology labs—all equipped with leading-edge technology and highly-specialized personnel. It is one of the highest performing cardiovascular facilities in the nation, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Heart Hospital of Austin has been named one of the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics for nine years and to Truven's list of 100 Top Hospitals for four years, in conjunction with St. David's Medical Center. For more information, please visit HeartHospitalofAustin.com.
Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons, PA
For over five decades, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS) has been proud to offer Central Texas the most specialized and innovative cardiothoracic, vascular, and pediatric surgical care available. The most sophisticated diagnostic and surgical techniques are provided by 25 surgeons from offices in Central Austin, Williamson County, Hays County, and all area hospitals. Individually and collectively, CTVS has amassed a record of medical "firsts" in Central Texas, including performing the first heart and kidney transplants in the area. Since 1958, the surgeons along with the clinical team of physician assistants, nurses, and technicians, have shared a commitment to patients, their health and the community. To learn more about Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons, please call 512-459-8753 or visit us online at www.ctvstexas.com.
Misty Whited or Kristin Marcum
Elizabeth Christian Public Relations
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