20 May '11, 12pm

Bioresorbable heart stent surgery performed successfully in S'pore

Bioresorbable heart stent surgery performed successfully in S'pore

SINGAPORE : Patients who suffer from coronary artery disease are usually implanted with drug-coated metal stents. For the first time in Singapore, two heart disease patients have been successfully treated with a bioresorbable stents which eventually dissolve and are absorbed into the body. The new technology is on clinical trial at the National University Heart Centre. The device is inserted into a constricted artery, then blown outwards using a small balloon which forces the narrowed artery to open up and helps to restore blood flow. Once the vessel remains open, the scaffold is then slowly metabolised and eventually dissolved by the body. Dr Tan Huay Cheem, director, Cardiac Department, National University Heart Centre, said: "It includes no material that is permanently left within the heart artery wall, (and) it does not provoke chronic inflammatory process which may po...

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