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May 2019 - Volume 15 - Issue 11

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St. Mary's Medical Center & the Palm Beach Children's Hospital Becomes First Hospital in the Region to Use Flow Diverter for Treatment of Unruptured Intracranial Aneurysms

April 18, 2019 - St. Mary’s Medical Center reported that it is the first hospital in Palm Beach and Broward counties to use the Surpass Streamline Flow Diverter to treat unruptured large and giant wide neck intracranial aneurysms.  The device is the second flow diverting stent to gain FDA approval in the U.S.  It is also approved and available in many markets around the world. 
 
“We’re honored to be the only hospital in the region with the capacity to treat patients requiring this innovative treatment,” said hospital CEO Gabrielle Finley-Hazle.  “For more than 10 years, the team at our Comprehensive Stroke Center, has made it their mission to continue bringing the most advanced services to our community.”
 
The tight wire mesh of the device restricts blood from entering the sac of the intracranial aneurysm, which helps to promote clotting. The Surpass Streamline Flow Diverter is indicated for the treatment of brain aneurysms in patients 18 years of age and older. The device is intended to treat large or giant saccular intracranial aneurysms with a wide-neck (neck width 4 mm or wider or dome-to-neck ratio less than 2) or fusiform intracranial aneurysms (an elongated, spindle shaped aneurysm involving the entire vessel wall) in the internal carotid artery (which supplies blood to the brain) with a diameter between 2.5 mm and 5.3 mm.
 
"Some uruptured aneurysms can be more challenging due to their location and surrounding anatomy.  Having this technology is an important advantage for physicians and patients," said Dr. Ali Malek, medical director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center & the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital. "The stent is designed to reliably open and provide consistent mesh density across the neck of the aneurysm to aid in aneurysm occlusion.” 
 
About St. Mary’s Medical Center
St. Mary’s Medical Center is a 460-bed acute care hospital located at 901 45th Street in West Palm Beach. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the greater West Palm Beach area for more than 75 years. 
 
St. Mary’s Medical Center offers a broad array of adult and pediatric services, including: a Level 1 Trauma Center, a state-designated Pediatric Trauma Referral Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center and a state-designated Brain and Spinal Cord Acute Injury Center. Additional services include the Neuroscience Center, High-Risk Obstetrical Unit with a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the Institute for Advanced Orthopedics, the Rehabilitation Institute, the Memory Disorder Center, Kaplan Cancer Center, Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, Schwartz Kidney Dialysis Center and the Institute for Mental Health. 
 
Pediatric services are provided at the Palm Beach Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center, which is the only dedicated children’s hospital between Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando. Along with 24/7 dedicated pediatric emergency and trauma care, Palm Beach Children’s Hospital’s medical staff consists of 196 pediatricians in 36 subspecialties. These include limb reconstruction and lengthening at the Paley Orthopedic and Spine Institute, pediatric oncology program, which includes membership in the Children’s Oncology Group - a clinical trials group supported by the National Cancer Institute, and pediatric orthopedics. In addition, in-house pediatric intensivists work with area pediatricians to care for children while staying at Palm Beach Children’s Hospital.  
 
St. Mary’s Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency, and is a member of the Children’s Hospital Association. The hospital has won many prestigious awards, including the Tenet Circle of Excellence award.  To learn more about St. Mary’s Medical Center and Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, visit www.stmarysmc.com, www.palmbeachchildrens.com or call 561-844-6300.
 
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