A.G. Overfelt, Granite City, Illinois
Customizable fenestrated stents plant the seed for a faster recovery
Seventy-three-year-old A.G. Overfelt's abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) was discovered in early 2012. An AAA is a diseased, weakened and bulging section of the wall of the aorta. Until recently, the only option for some patients was an open surgical procedure. The size and location of A.G.'s aneurysm made intervention a necessity but the hospital where he sought treatment delivered some bad news. "With your kidney problems, heart problems and lung problems, we can't help you here," he recalls hearing. "The aneurysm was in a difficult location for a normal stent and because of those other health conditions, they didn't want to open me up."
In April 2012, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of fenestrated endovascular stents. Customized for the specific anatomy of each patient, the stents are made of a fabric tube supported by a metal framework with carefully positioned holes to allow blood to continue to flow to the kidney and intestinal arteries.
"That's when I was sent to Dr. Sanchez. He told me about the new device and said he could help me," says A.G. "By that point, I couldn't even spend time outside because it was too much effort for me."Continued ...