(Fargo, N.D.) -- For eight years Sanford physician Corey Teigen worked on developing a stent graft for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). This investigational device trial has moved to the phase that allows use in patients with this life-threatening condition. The InCraftTM Stent Graft System that Dr. Teigen helped develop will be used on 190 patients at clinical trial sites around the United States and Japan.
Dr. Teigen, Sanford Health Chair for the Department of Interventional Radiology, performed the first AAA repair in the United States with the investigational stent at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo ND on July 20, 2012.
The InCraft endograft is smaller and more flexible than currently approved stents. Patients in need of AAA repair who have smaller blood vessels are one of the target populations of this study. The implant requires a minimally invasive surgery which should mean a faster recovery and shorter hospital stay for the patients.
Dr. Teigen expects the research data will demonstrate the stent’s ease of use and adjustability will make it the treatment of choice for the vast majority of patients in need of an endograft for AAA, including those patients that currently are not deemed suitable candidates for endovascular treatment.
An estimated 24 million people worldwide have abdominal aortic aneurysms. Left untreated, most aneurysms will eventually rupture, with life-threatening consequences. In the U.S. alone, approximately 15-thousand people die every year due to an AAA rupture.
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Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel and Mexico.
Sanford Health includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and nearly 1,200 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 25,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's nearly $700 million in gifts, the largest ever to a health care organization in America. These gifts are making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit sanfordhealth.org.