Lombard Medical Technologies PLC, has announced that the first U.S. patients have been successfully treated with Aorfix™, the Group’s flexible stent graft for the endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs).
Aorfix was approved by the FDA for commercial sale in the U.S. in February 2013. The approval included a label indication for the treatment of patients with angulations at the neck of the aneurysm from 0 to 90 degrees. Moreover, Aorfix is the only endovascular stent graft with approved labeling for use in more challenging cases with neck angulations greater than 60 degrees.
The first U.S. cases using Aorfix included patients with aortic neck angles significantly greater than 60 degrees that would have previously required more invasive open surgical AAA repair or “off label” use of an alternative device not designed to treat patients with this level of tortuosity in the aorta. The patients were treated by Victor J. Weiss, M.D., a vascular surgeon at Meriter Hospital in Madison, WI and Sachinder Hans, M.D. of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, respectively. Kim Hodgson, M.D. of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Division of Vascular Surgery, Springfield, Illinois, also reported a further case where the patient was successfully treated using Aorfix. All patients are doing well following the procedures.
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Source: www.medicalnewstoday.com; August 28th, 2013.