WILMINGTON — Wilmington could be the safest place in North Carolina to have a stroke.
Dr. Vinodh Doss successfully implanted a WEB device, a treatment approved just three months ago by the Federal Drug Administration. It was the first successful use of the device, designed to reduce blood flow into an aneurysm, in the state, according to a New Hanover Regional Medical Center release.
In clinical trials, the device showed over half of patients with the implant experienced complete occlusion — or no blood flow — to their aneurysm after one year.
The device offers a minimally invasive treatment option, according to NHRMC’s release. Requiring just one device rather than multiple coils, the WEB device can be implanted with a shorter procedure time. It can also be administered without the use of blood thinners, which aren’t ideal for some patients with certain risk factors.
NHRMC’s leading-edge stroke team
Doss is one of two interventional neurologists on New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s (NHRMC) interventional stroke team. Doss shares a 365-day shift with Dr. Jeffrey Beecher, making NHRMC the first in the state to offer 24/7 neuro-interventional coverage, according to the NHRMC release.
After hiring Doss in Jan. 2017 and Beecher in Jan. 2018, NHRMC had a lower mortality rate in stroke cases compared to all hospitals in the American Heart Association’s national registry and all hospitals in North Carolina, according to data provided by NHRMC’s stroke center and neurodiagnostics manager in June 2018.
For more information on the WEB Device, check out NHRMC’s release.
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