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Kettering Health Network says one of its cardiologists was the first in the Dayton area to implant a new naturally dissolving heart stent in a patient.
The Absorb stent — approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in July — represents a major advance in the treatment of coronary artery disease by allowing clogged arteries to restore blood flow and then gradually dissolve in the body, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
“The Absorb stent is the new direction and future of stenting,” said Kettering Physician Network’s Dr. Niranjan Reddy, who performed the procedure at Kettering Medical Center. “We are glad to have this advanced technology at Kettering Medical Center. Kettering is one of only 60 medical facilities in the United States to offer implantation of the Absorb stent.”
While stents are traditionally made of metal, the Absorb stent is made of a material similar to dissolving sutures. Absorb disappears completely in about three years except for two pairs of tiny metallic markers that remain in the artery to enable a physician to see where the device was implanted.