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November 14, 2011

New minimally invasive device allows physicians to treat complex cases

LAS VEGAS, NV — Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is excited to announce a new treatment option for patients suffering from complex and life threatening brain aneurysms.

The recently FDA-approved Pipeline Embolization Device (PED) allows physicians to treat the most complex and dangerous brain aneurysms using minimally invasive techniques for the first time. The PED is a breakthrough and life-saving endovascular treatment for large or giant wide-neck brain aneurysms.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, a Level II Trauma Center, is one of only 60 facilities across the country to utilize PED and is the only facility in Nevada offering this treatment.

The PED revolutionizes the treatment of giant aneurysms, which are notoriously difficult to cure using previous methods including surgical clipping, endovascular coiling, stent coiling, or Onyx HD500 embolization (a liquid filling agent). Giant aneurysms tend to recur, with mortality rates estimated to be between 50 to 75 percent.

PED is a new class of embolization device that is designed to divert blood flow away from the aneurysm. PED redefines the treatment of large or giant wide-necked intracranial aneurysms in the internal carotid artery by moving therapy from an endosaccular approach to one of parent artery reconstruction and remodeling. Additionally, recovery time for patients is typically only an overnight stay in the hospital.

Approximately six percent of all people will develop a brain aneurysm in their lifetime, with that risk increasing up to 20 percent for people aged 50 and older. Known as a silent killer, the vast majority of people don’t even know they have a brain aneurysm because they are typically asymptomatic until a rupture occurs.

About Sunrise Hospital:
Voted the number hospital in Las Vegas by U.S. News and World Report, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center provides high-quality, advanced healthcare services in Southern Nevada and the surrounding region. A Consumer Choice award-winning hospital for 15 consecutive years, Las Vegas’ largest acute care facility provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services to the community. As the healthcare leader of Southern Nevada, Sunrise Hospital offers a full range of specialized services including an Accredited Chest Pain Center, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute— the region’s first Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center and only full comprehensive stroke center, Comprehensive Cancer Center recognized by the American College of Surgeons, a comprehensive Breast Center, a Level-II Trauma and Emergency Services Department and specialty services in women’s health, pulmonology, critical care, complex surgery, wound care and rehabilitation. Sharing the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center
3186 South Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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