Wellstar Health System’s Vascular Surgery team recently implanted a thoracic branched endograft, a minimally invasive stent graft procedure offered by WL GORE Medical.
“This new stent graft device is used to repair tears and aneurysms—bulges or ballooning—in the aorta using an endovascular and minimally invasive approach,” said Dr. Michael Corey, a vascular surgeon at Vascular Surgical Associates P.C. and co-director of the newly founded Wellstar Comprehensive Aortic Program. “Previously, many of these aortic problems could only be repaired with invasive open heart surgical operations that require long recovery times. The patients undergoing the branched GORE TAG Thoracic Branch Endoprosthesis (TBE) stent graft device can often go home from the hospital the next day after the procedure.”
During a thoracic branched endograft procedure, the vascular surgeon inserts the stent graft through the artery in the groin and guides it up into the aortic arch in the chest using X-ray technology. The stent graft is used to repair problems with the aorta in the chest while still maintaining important blood flow to the brain and arms.
The TBE device is the first and only FDA-approved implantable thoracic branched endoprosthesis offering a fully endovascular, or catheter-based, treatment option for patients with aortic diseases in close proximity to the important aortic arch branches.
Correction: MDatl.com incorrectly reported that Wellstar Health System’s Vascular Surgery team implanted the first thoracic branched endograft in Georgia. This is incorrect. The Emory Heart and Vascular team has been performing this procedure for close to five years. The article has been updated.