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Treating Aortic Aneurysms

Updated: Friday, July 26 2013, 12:43 PM EDT




A man from Fairfield is one of the first in the country to
get some customed-fitted high-tech help to save his life. I sat down with
doctors at TriHealth's Good Samaritan Hospital to show you how it works for
today's Medical Edge.

Jack Saatkamp and his wife, Susan, have been
married forty three years. This year means even more after surviving what his
primary care doctor told him felt like a mass in his abdomen. When he sat down
to tell me more about it he said he had no discomfort.

"No pain,, and I
couldn't feel the lump."

The lump turned out to be a bulge and is
potentially deadly. It's called an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Dr.
Matthew Recht, Vascular Surgery: "The risk of an aneurysm is that is could
rupture, and if that were to happen, most people don't survive that."


But Saatkamp did survive, thanks to this team of top notch vascular
surgeons. Doctor Matthew Recht and Doctor Patrick Muck are among the first in
the country to use a new stent graft as it's called.

As this animation,
courtesy of Cook Medical shows, it is placed in and around the aneurysm and is
custom fitted to Saatkamp's own body. Doctor Muck explained how it
works:

Dr. Patrick Muck, TriHealth Vascular Surgeon: "These are the
stents, the outer is the graft material, what happens is you place this inside
the aneurysm so it goes above, through and beyond the aneurysm, and here's the
branch to each leg."

The amazing part though about his surgery and
recovery, is where that stent-graft came from, not anywhere in the U.S. They
actually had it custom-made in Australia.

"We're essentially relining
the aorta allowing the blood to go through the stent graft, and that way it
doesn't fill the aneurysm sack, and that way the pressure is decreased, and
there is no chance it is going to rupture."

Kack Saatkamp is now back on
the mend and lucky, he says, for a lot of reasons.

"Today, the number
one thing is that they found it."

Found it before it was too late. Jack
Saatcamp was the second patient in our area to have this new custom fitted
device. It does take about six weeks for it to come into the states once it's
ordered. He is now doing just fine. Treating Aortic Aneurysms


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