Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth Announces One of the First Percutaneous Endovascular Thoracic and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Repairs Performed in Tarrant County

Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth announces one of the first percutaneous endovascular thoracic and abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs performed in Tarrant County.

"Our goal is to provide the residents of Fort Worth with quality care," says Steve Newton, president, Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth. "We are excited about this and future innovations which Baylor Fort Worth supports."

Aneurysm repair once involved major surgery with a prolonged intensive care unit and hospital stay. Endovascular aortic aneurysm repair involves inserting a catheter containing a stent graft into the femoral arteries via groin incisions. The graft is guided with fluoroscopy and deployed so that blood flows through the graft and not into the aneurysm. With the arrival of the percutaneous method, there is no need for groin incisions, since the graft is introduced through needle holes.

"Since there are no incisions there is usually reduced blood loss, no need for general anesthesia and a rapid recovery," says Harshal Broker, M.D. and David Stroman, M.D., vascular surgeons on the medical staff at Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth. "Most patients are able to go home after an overnight observation period, which is really amazing when you think about it."

The not-for-profit Baylor All Saints Medical Centers serve more than 100,000 people annually through two hospitals, numerous primary care physician centers and practices, a rehabilitation and fitness center, and a variety of medical specialties. Programs of excellence in cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, oncology and women's services form the heart of the hospitals' services. All Saints joined Baylor Health Care System in January 2002. All Saints Health Foundation, a separately incorporated not-for-profit organization, raises and manages charitable funds to support Baylor All Saints Medical Centers. For fiscal year 2007, Baylor Health Care System reported $390 million* in community benefit, which includes providing care for charity patients and patients enrolled in government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, as well as the unreimbursed costs of medical education, research and community programs. For a physician referral, call toll free 1-800-4BAYLOR or search online.

Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, Baylor All Saints Medical Center or Baylor Health Care System.

*Represents preliminary information that will be reported to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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