For some people, even diet and prescription medications cannot effectively lower dangerously high levels of low density lipids (LDL), or bad cholesterol. These patients now have a new option called Liposorber treatment. Sanford Health is the only facility in North Dakota offering this advanced technology.
The Liposorber system works by removing the bad cholesterol from the blood. A needle is inserted into the patient's arm. The patient's blood flows through the Liposorber system, where the bad cholesterol is removed. The blood, which now contains only good cholesterol, is returned to the patient through a second needle site. The process takes two to three hours.
A patient's LDL cholesterol level can be lowered by 73 percent to 83 percent after a single treatment. The Liposorber procedure is not a cure. Patients must continue to have treatments either every week or every other week for the rest of their lives to maintain the lowered cholesterol level.
Patients must meet specific criteria to be candidates for this procedure. Contact your doctor to help determine if Liposorber treatment is appropriate for you.