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Dissolving Heart Stent Now Available at Sanford

Oct 30, 2016 10:59AM ● By MED Magazine
Sanford Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls has been selected as one of the first 35 locations in the United States to offer a naturally dissolving heart stent, made of material similar to that of dissolving sutures.

The Heart Hospital is the first facility in a six-state-radius to offer Abbott’s Absorb stent.

“Traditionally, we’d treat a patient with coronary artery disease with a metal stent, and it would 
 stay with them for the rest of their life,” said Sanford interventional cardiologist Tom Stys, MD. “Now, just like a doctor treating someone for a broken bone would remove a cast when the injury is healed, we’re able to use a stent that naturally dissolves after the artery is healed.  This leaves the artery with the ability to pulse and flex naturally.”

Sanford Heart Hospital has been a clinical trial site for the Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold device for the past three years. It was FDA approved this summer and Sanford’s interventional cardiology team has undergone extensive training to be certified to perform the surgery. Sanford plans to eventually offer the technology outside of Sioux Falls, as well.