News Release - Casey Dixon
Phoebe Public Relations Coordinator
ALBANY, Ga. – Residents of Southwest Georgia who suffer from Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) disease, a leading cause of death in mature Americans, have a new treatment option close to home. A new technology, the Zenith® Fenestrated (Zfen) Endovascular Stent Graft, was recently released to limited hospitals across the countryand is now available at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
Daniel Martin, MD, of Cardiovascular Surgical Associates, is the only surgeon outside of Atlanta and Augusta trained in the use of this procedure.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms are caused by progressive weakening of the aortic wall creating a ballooning of the aorta, the main blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body. The aneurysm will grow larger and larger leading to rupture which carries 80% mortality. The goal of therapy is to diagnose and treat before rupture.
Most patients have no symptoms of AAA, but if they do it’s usually pain and can range from severe pain to tenderness in the abdomen, back or chest. If a person has ever smoked and is over the age of 65 or have a family history of aneurysms, a physician should be consulted about being screened for an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA).
“This technology has the potential to save hundreds of lives each year,” said Dr. Martin. “There are patients in this region who don’t even realize they have AAA disease and the combination of being tested for it, paired with this new technology can stop this silent killer.”
Dr. Martin was selected by Cook Medical for his advanced skills and specialty training.
“Dr. Martin was chosen because of his EVAR (endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repair) experience and familiarity with the Zenith platform, and he showed a committed interest in learning the ins and outs of the Zenith® Fenestrated device,” said PK Koduri, Product Manager for Zenith® Fenestrated AAA at Cook Medical. “In addition, he had a patient base and population with a real need for this type of advanced technology.”