Sanford offers fully dissolving heart stent

Sanford Health in Bismarck is now offering patients with coronary artery disease a new treatment option that disappears over time. Abbott’s Absorb stent is made of a naturally dissolving material, similar to dissolving sutures. Sanford Bismarck is the first facility in North Dakota to offer this technology.

Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease, the leading cause of death for men and women around the world. This fully bioresorbable vascular scaffold repairs, restores and renews the vessel, allowing the artery to act more natural.

“Generally, when a patient with coronary artery disease is treated, we would place a metal stent and that stent would stay with them forever,” said Surya Artham, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Sanford Bismarck. “The Absorb stent will actually dissolve once the artery is healed. This allows for the artery to pulse and flex naturally once it is healed, without a metal stent in the way.”

Sanford’s interventional cardiology team underwent extensive training on the new device and has been certified to perform the surgery.  Sanford Sioux Falls is the only other hospital in a six-state radius to offer Abbott’s Absorb stent for patients with coronary artery disease. Sanford will offer the technology in other regions in the coming months and years.

According to Abbott, the Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold is the world’s first FDA-approved dissolving heart stent, receiving approval in July 2016.

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