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CMC Pioneers New England’s First Successful Operation for Life-Threatening Aneurysm

Illiac aneurysm in pelvis is difficult to detect and previously offered doctors few treatment options
                
May 19, 2016—The New England Heart and Vascular Institute at Catholic Medical Center continues to pioneer heart and vascular health, announcing the successful implantation of the new GOREÒ EXCLUDERÒ Iliac Branch Endoprosthesis (IBE).  This is the first off-the-shelf aortic branch device approved in the United States and the only device indicated for the endovascular treatment of common iliac artery aneurysms or aortoiliac aneurysms. CMC is the first hospital in the Northeast to use this device to treat a patient suffering from an Illiac Aneurysm.  The IBE All-in-One System is designed specifically to treat this specific type of aneurysm, which is a bulging and weakness in the iliac artery of the pelvis. They are difficult to detect because symptoms do not often occur unless the aneurysm is large or there is significant compression in the surrounding areas of the body. 

W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) designed this all-in-one system to preserve iliac artery blood flow in patients with iliac or aortoiliac aneurysms.  According to Dr. Patrick Mahon, vascular specialist at CMC who performed the successful procedure, "preservation of blood flow in the iliac arteries reduces the rate of complications into other areas of the lower body. Advances in technology like The IBE offer patients a transformative and much less invasive option in the treatment in the treatment of iliac aneurysms”.

“We are very pleased with the results of the patient’s procedure and are thrilled to be the first in New England to offer this new approach to treating Iliac Aneurysms” said Dr. Louis Fink, Medical Director of the New England Heart and Vascular Institute.

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About Catholic Medical Center
Catholic Medical Center (“CMC”) is one of New Hampshire’s largest medical centers, with a commitment to delivering the highest quality and most advanced healthcare to patients.  CMC is the home of the New England Heart Institute, which has been rated by Truven Health Analytics™ as one of Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the Nation for 2015. CMC is also one of the first hospitals in New Hampshire to establish a joint venture with independent medical staff members when it became a partner in the freestanding Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center. With primary care practices that care for the very young to the young at heart and our dedication to community outreach programs, CMC is helping to foster a healthier community, everyday. CatholicMedicalCenter.org

ABOUT W. L. GORE & ASSOCIATES
At Gore, we have provided creative therapeutic solutions to complex medical problems for 40 years. During that time, 40 million innovative Gore Medical Devices have been implanted, saving and improving the quality of lives worldwide. Our extensive family of products includes vascular grafts, endovascular and interventional devices, surgical meshes for hernia and soft tissue reconstruction, staple line reinforcement materials, and sutures for use in vascular, cardiac, and general surgery. We are one of a select few companies to appear on all of the US “100 Best Companies to Work For” lists since the rankings debuted in 1984.

Lauren Collins-Cline
Director, Communications & PR
Catholic Medical Center
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Manchester, NH 03102
O: 603-663-8164
M: 617-448-8255
lcollin1@cmc-nh.org
    

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