First and only FDA-approved DCB now available for patients; Dr. Benjamin Rush performs first procedure using new balloon technology.

Another “First” at Rush Foundation Hospital

First and only FDA-approved DCB now available for patients; Dr. Benjamin Rush performs first procedure using new balloon technology.

MERIDIAN, MISSISSIPPI – MARCH 3, 2014 – Rush Foundation Hospital announced today another first in this region with the use of a Lutonix ® 035 drug coated balloon peripheral vascular catheter (DCB), for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease of the legs. The balloon is coated with a medication that adheres to the vessel wall to prevent regrowth of cells that cause blockage in the arteries. 

Dr. Benjamin Rush, Cardiovascular, Endovascular and Vascular Surgeon at Rush became the first vascular surgeon in the region to utilize the new balloon catheter. Dr. Rush said the catheter has a number of advantages, “It allows us to treat patients who have very aggressive peripheral vascular disease and hopefully avoid larger and more painful surgeries, such as bypasses. It is also the first step in the use of such technologies in the peripheral vascular system and shows great promise for the future.” 

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) in the lower extremities, a limb-threatening condition, affects millions of Americans by narrowing arteries and reducing blood flow to the limbs, according to American Heart Association (AHA) estimates.Patients with PAD are at risk for lower-extremity amputation. 

“We are committed to bringing innovations in care to our patients and we are excited to be the first hospital in East Mississippi and West Alabama to offer this new treatment option to our patients,” said Larkin Kennedy, Administrator of Rush Foundation Hospital.” 

Rush Foundation Hospital based in Meridian, MS is a member of Rush Health Systems and is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2015.  The hospital has a longstanding tradition of innovation in surgical technology and procedures which began with the pioneer of the Rush Pin.

Related Links:

http://www.loveyourlimbs.com

http://www.lutonix.com



Why PAD Matters – American Heart Association Web site. Available at: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/PeripheralArteryDisease/Why-PAD-Matters_UCM_301303_Article.jsp.