IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Endologix, Inc. (Nasdaq: ELGX), developer of minimally invasive treatments for aortic disorders, announced today the first clinical implant of the Company's Ventana™ fenestrated stent graft at Auckland City Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. The procedure was performed by Andrew Holden, MD (Associate Professor and Director of Interventional Radiology) and Andrew, Hill, MD (Associate Professor of Surgery). Attending the procedure as a medical advisor was Daniel G. Clair, MD (Chairman, Cleveland Clinic Department of Vascular Surgery, Cleveland, OH). This was the first case in the Pilot Study of this novel endovascular platform and the patient's juxtarenal aneurysm was successfully excluded while maintaining full perfusion of the renal arteries and visceral vessels.
The Ventana fenestrated stent graft is a new aortic extension designed to be used with the anatomically-fixed Powerlink® bifurcated stent graft. It was developed to provide an off-the-shelf treatment option for the endovascular repair of juxtarenal and certain pararenal aortic aneurysms (JAA/PAA), which represent complex aneurysms that extend near to or involve the renal arteries. There are currently no FDA-approved, commercially available endovascular options for these patients.
It is estimated that 20% of diagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysms are not treatable with currently approved endovascular devices because they have extremely short aortic necks and/or involve the renal arteries. Although not commercially available in the United States, endovascular repair of these difficult anatomies has been achieved with custom made fenestrated devices that take several weeks lead time to design and manufacture.
Dr. Holden commented, "We are very excited to have successfully completed the first human Ventana fenestrated