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Upstate acquires Solitaire 2 to benefit stroke patients

Upstate University Hospital has acquired the Solitaire 2 Revascularization Device by Covidien that significantly improves the method of retrieving blood clots and restoring blood flow in patients experiencing acute ischemic stroke. Upstate is the only hospital in Central New York, and one of only a few hospitals in the nation to offer Solitaire 2 to stroke patients.

According to Upstate neurosurgeon Eric Deshiaes, MD, Solitaire 2 is a redesign of the Solitaire FR Revascularization Device that Upstate’s Stroke Center has used safely and effectively since last year. He says that the redesigned Solitaire 2 offers significant enhancements that allow for a more rapid and easier retrieval of blood clots, benefiting both patient and physician.

Use of the Solitaire device is a unique approach to stroke treatment. The device is a special type of stent that is placed inside the blood clot by way of a microcatheter that is guided by x-rays through blood vessels to the artery. The microcatheter pushes out the Solitaire device which then traps the clot through a mesh-like (push-wire) material. The stent and the clot are then pulled out of the artery through the microcatheter and out of the body. When the blood clot is removed, blow flow is restored.

“Solitaire 2 offers improvements over the Solitaire FR in device delivery and clot retrieval, allowing for enhanced pushability, a more rapid delivery of the stent, and improved retrievability of the clot,” said Deshiaes.  “These enhancements result in improved outcomes for our patients,”

Upstate, through its Stroke Center, is distinguished as the only hospital in the Central New York region to receive both of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus & Target Stroke Honor Roll. This is the third consecutive year that Upstate has received the Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as part of the Get With The Guidelines® program. It is also the second consecutive year that Upstate has been recognized for achieving the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations’ Target Stroke Honor Roll. In addition, the Upstate Stroke Center is top-rated by Health Grades. Visit the Upstate Stroke Center for more information on Upstate’s accolades and stroke treatment options.

Caption: Neurosurgeon Eric Deshaies, MD, is using the Solitaire 2 Revascularization Device by Covidien that significantly improves the method of retrieving blood clots and restoring blood flow in patients experiencing acute ischemic stroke.

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