Doctors Perform First Life-Saving Heart Procedure in Utah at Intermountain Healthcare

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Utah Man Recovering and Doing Well After Intermountain Healthcare Doctors Perform Life-Saving Procedure Using New Heart Technology

Salt Lake City, UT (PRUnderground) October 27th, 2022

Intermountain Healthcare surgeons are the first in Utah to perform a thoracic branch endoprosthesis, a new life-saving heart procedure that utilizes new technology to allow them to repair an aneurism in the aortic arch of the heart without having to do major open-heart surgery or make direct blood to the brain with an incision in the neck to make the repair, a much less invasive method.

The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body. It carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body through smaller branched arteries. An aneurysm is a ballooning (thinning and enlarging) of the aorta caused by continuous blood pressure against a weakened area.

Over time an aneurysm may grow, further weakening the wall of the aorta, or it can burst completely causing rupture, which is bleeding inside the body. An aortic dissection is a disease in the thoracic aorta where a small tear occurs in the inner layer of the aortic wall, allowing blood to flow between the layers of the aortic wall.

This new procedure allows repairs to be made and the rerouting of other heart vessels – all the while being done in a hybrid operating room via catheters.

The new device has a side branch that allows the surgical team to maintain blood flow of a target great vessel supplying the brain and/or upper extremities.

Previously, in order to seal a stent graft in a similar portion of the aorta, surgeons had to first bypass the great vessels via an incision through the chest or neck. That intervention is no longer necessary in select patients, resulting in faster procedure times, shorter hospitalizations, and a quicker recovery for patients.

“Each patient’s aorta is as unique to them as their personal story. We use this device and other surgical techniques to customize a treatment plan specific to the individual, particularly in patients with thoracic or thoracoabdominal aortic pathology,” said Evan Brownie, vascular surgeon at Intermountain Medical Center and co-director of the Intermountain Healthcare Aortic Center.

“This is one of many advanced procedures that the comprehensive, multidisciplinary aortic center at Intermountain Healthcare offers to our patients,” added Dr. Brownie.

The patient, Antonio Gomez, 64, of Herriman, is doing well and has returned to work.

“I feel wonderful,” he said. “I appreciate the great care that I’ve received and am glad to be feeling good once again.”

“We’re so grateful for the care that Antonio got and to have him have back home. I feel like I have my husband again,” said his wife, Nilsa.

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About Intermountain Healthcare

Headquartered in Utah with locations in eight states and additional operations across the western U.S., Intermountain Healthcare is a nonprofit system of 33 hospitals, 385 clinics, medical groups with some 3,900 employed physicians and advanced care providers, a health plans division called SelectHealth with more than one million members, and other health services. Helping people live the healthiest lives possible, Intermountain is committed to improving community health and is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare by using evidence-based best practices to consistently deliver high-quality outcomes at sustainable costs. For more information and updates, click here

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