TMH is first Florida hospital to use aneurysm treatment device

By Brittany Jarret

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) recently announced that the hospital is the first in the region to implant the most modern aneurysm treatment device, a Surpass Streamline Flow Diverter.

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Dr. Narlin Beaty

The device is made to repair the vessel wall and remove blood flow from a weakened enlarged portion of an artery also known as an aneurysm. Drs. Narlin Beaty, Matthew Lawson and T. Adam Oliver became the first three physicians trained in the region to place the Surpass Streamline Diverter device, according to a statement from TMH.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the tight wire mesh of the device restricts blood from entering the sac of the intracranial aneurysm, which helps to promote clotting.

“At TMH, we have been expanding our endovascular program to bring the most advanced procedures possible to our patients,” Lawson, a neurosurgeon and stroke medical director at TMH, said in a statement. “Patients do not need to travel outside of the area for excellent care. In fact, patients across the Southeast travel to TMH to receive these innovative treatments.”

On January 25, Beaty and Lawson broke the record for hospitals in the Southeast by having three celebratory cases finished in just a day.

Maranjeli Rueda, a 25-year-old Florida resident, suffered from a saccular aneurysm in August 2017. Since then she has undergone multiple invasive surgeries, including emergency brain surgery where she had to be transported from one hospital to another due to its lack of brain surgeons.

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Dr. Matthew Lawson

Rueda was treated with the endovascular coiling method where thin wire-like coils are placed in the aneurysm sack by using a catheter. This method is used to block blood flow and reduce the risk of rupture.

“I’m really excited that there is something to better help people because what I went through was not fun, so if anybody can go through less pain than me I’d recommend it,” Rueda said in an interview. “I feel like this device could change someone’s life and I would definitely take that trip to TMH if it came to it.”

According to Beaty, a TMH neurosurgeon, they can now “cure” aneurysms whereas before, they were just “treating” them.

“This new technology can be delivered with more precision than any previous device and actually repairs the wall of the vessel and eliminates blood flow into an aneurysm. Without blood flow, the aneurysm naturally dissipates, eliminating the need to track growth for many years, which could re-occur over time,” Beaty said in a statement.

Nicole Furney, 39-year-old Florida resident, lost her father due to a ruptured aneurysm. Since then she has started a fundraiser through the Brain Aneurysm Foundation to support research and shed light on her father’s life.

“This makes me very hopeful. I’m proud that it’s being practiced here in Florida,” Furney stated in an interview. “I worry that my sister or I may develop an aneurysm being that our dad had one. Aneurysms are almost a death sentence unless you catch it. Knowing that this technique is available makes me feel safer and more optimistic if I were to develop one.”

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