Only a minimally-invasive operation called a fenestrated endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (FEVAR) could help patient Wanda Boone. According to a recent Telegram and Gazette story, her Springfield surgeon said his hospital “didn’t have the expertise or the equipment to do that kind of surgery.” Luckily, Andres Schanzer, MD, vascular surgeon, and his team of experts offer FEVAR and increased Wanda’s chance of survival. According to Dr. Schanzer, “We need to be able to devise a graft (an artificial tube) so that it fits the specific person’s anatomy … maintaining the blood flow to the critical organ as well as to the legs, but at the same time making sure there is absolutely no blood going into the aneurysm.” Read Wanda Boone's success story in the Telegram and Gazette.
When Robert Checkosky learned that there was a new way to treat his abdominal aortic aneurysm, he said “Let’s do it!” Checkosky learned of the procedure from Andres Schanzer, MD, a member of the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at UMass Memorial Medical Center. An aortic aneurysm is a dangerous weakening of the walls of the main artery in the abdomen that can have serious health consequences, including artery ruptures and internal bleeding. As the blood fl ows from the heart through the aorta it is carried to other parts of the body such as the intestine, spine and legs by smaller arteries that branch away from it. When a patient develops an aortic aneurysm, many times these branches are affected. The aneurysm is repaired when it gets large enough to be at risk for rupture or breaking.
Mr. Checkosky, who is now back to a normal routine and feeling great, is happy that he was able to have this experimental procedure available to him and to know he was part of research that may also help others with the same condition.
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