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BryanLGH First in Neb. to Use New Stroke Treatment


   Donna Nelson is the first Nebraskan patient 
     to receive the new stroke treatment at BryanLGH.

Doctors at BryanLGH Medical Center are the first in Nebraska to offer a new treatment for acute ischemic stroke patients. 

It is called the Solitaire Flow Restoration Device, just approved by the FDA on March 5th, 2012. It is the newest generation in clot-retrieval systems for stroke patients. Interventional radiologists at BryanLGH used the device to remove a blood clot from the brain of an 84-year-old Lincoln woman suffering a major stroke. 

The BryanLGH Stroke Center is the only Lincoln hospital able to treat stroke by mechanically removing the clot from the brain.

“Rapid removal of the clot is essential in minimizing damage and maximizing recovery,” says Dr. Michael Budler, interventional radiologist, Advanced Radiology. “The Solitaire device allows us to restore blood flow to the brain faster than ever before.”

The procedure is performed through a small nick in the groin where a thin catheter tube is inserted and guided to the clot in the brain using real-time x-ray. 


   Dr. Michael Budler and Dr. Jeffrey Himmelberg
display the new Solitaire Flow Restoration Device.

The Solitaire device is then placed across the clot. The device has a self-expanding design that restores flow and traps the clot. The clot is then removed by withdrawing the device, thus reopening the blocked blood vessel.

Because the outcomes were so significant while the device was in clinical trial, the study, called SWIFT (Solitaire With the Intention For Thrombectomy) was halted almost a year earlier than planned in order to make the device available to the public. Results of the study proved that patients who were treated with Solitaire devices had significantly higher rates of neurological function and reduced death from stroke three months after the procedure.

“This technology is a significant break-through for treatment of stroke patients,” says Dr. Budler. “This important tool can greatly reduce the time for stroke treatment and thus significantly reduce the potentially debilitating effects of this serious medical condition.”

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