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Barnes-Jewish Hospital First in Area to Treat Peripheral Artery Disease with New Drug-Eluting Stent
Date:9/23/2013

St. Louis (PRWEB) September 24, 2013

Although drug-coated stents have been commonly used in coronary procedures, the technology is new to the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD). Patrick Geraghty, MD, FACS, Washington University vascular surgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, is the first in the regional area to implant a new drug-eluting stent to treat symptomatic blockages of leg arteries.

A new era for minimally invasive treatment of leg artery blockages:

One in every 20 Americans over the age of 50 has been diagnosed with PAD. The new drug-eluting stent delivers a significant advance in their treatment. In the past decade, physicians at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart & Vascular Center have used drug-eluting stents in the small arteries of the heart with excellent results.

“At last, we can use the same technology to dramatically improve the outcomes of stent placement in the thigh artery (also known as the superficial femoral artery or SFA), the most common location of blockages due to PAD,” says Dr. Geraghty.

The stents that were previously used to treat these blockages suffered from a significant failure rate during the first few years after implantation. This failure was caused by reactive scarring that would obstruct blood flow in the stented artery. This new stent slowly releases a drug, paclitaxel, into the surrounding arterial wall, greatly redu
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