A new device at Sanford Hospital can help reduce the need for certain surgeries.
Bismarck’s Sanford Hospital is now offering a new vascular technology called the lutonix drug coated balloon catheter. The device helps patients with end-stage kidney disease and can reduce the number of surgeries a patient may need. When a dialysis needle is inserted in a vein too many times, it can scar and destroy that vein. This new technology prevents scar tissue from building up, which also prevents the vein for surgery.
Timothy Pansegrau, MD, cardiovascular surgeon: “Typically most of these procedures can be done in less than an hour. They’re done with minimally invasive surgical techniques.”
Many times patients can leave the same day as their surgery.