Patients suffering from aneurysms can take advantage of the latest technology that is better than ever and done with a minimally invasive procedure.
Aneurysms are like a balloon in an artery,” said “Dr. Michael Tuchek, chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Presence Joseph Medical Center, in Joliet. “Put too much air in it and it ruptures, and when it does you almost always die. The problem with aneurysms is finding them before they burst, because there are usually no symptoms.”
Tuchek performed the first Endurant II S endovascular stent graft implant in the United States and is one of the biggest implanters of such devices in the world. He was the second person in the United States to implant the original Endurant device, in 2010 and has conducted numerous clinical trials.
After fine-tuning through the years, “It’s now a device that pretty much does everything right,” Tuchek said. “It fixes all the problems other devices still have better than everybody else.”
The Endurant II S device is now the most widely used stent graft worldwide, being implanted in more than 50 percent of all stent graft procedures, Tuchek said.
“Almost anybody with an aneurysm in the abdomen, which is the number one area to have it in, would be a candidate for it,” he said. “Some stent grafts are applicable to 50 or 80 percent of those with aneurysms. This one is applicable to 96 percent of my patients. This device will take care of just about anybody with an aneurysm in the abdomen.
“The takeaway message is there’s new technology available,” Tuchek said. “We’re a groundbreaking site here at Saint Joe.” St. Joseph’s aggressive Dare to Care program offers free screening to find aneurysms before they break. “It’s important people know that’s available to them to find problems before it ruptures or before it kills them,” said Tuchek.
For an appointment, call 815-741-6900 or go to “Find a physician" on www.presencehealth.org