Windham Hospital ushers in new era of state-of-art treatment for life-threatening aneurysmsEastford resident is the first local beneficiary of the life-saving procedure
Contributed by Windham Hospital
Windham Hospital staff surgeon, Dr. David Kloss and interventional radiologist Michael Hallisey worked together to perform the three-hour minimally invasive procedure to place a stent restoring optimum blood flow for the patient. The graft implant was possible due to the combination of surgical skill and the availability of the interventional radiology suite at Windham.
Michael Hallisey, MD is a national expert and pioneer in the field of stent graft treatments. He has performed more than a thousand endovascular procedures a year as a specialist with Jefferson Radiology practicing at both Windham and Hartford Hospital. In fact, patients travel from around the world to be treated by him.
William Erskine, of Eastford, sits comfortably the day after his procedure to hear Dr. David Kloss explain the success of his procedure and shows a model of the stent that was inserted into Mr. Erskine's aorta.
According to Dr. Hallisey, very few hospitals are equipped to perform a surgery of this kind and it is likely that Windham is the only community hospital in Connecticut to offer this advanced, lifesaving procedure to patients. "In fact, the technology at Windham is among the best I have seen in Connecticut," said Dr. Hallisey, "people in this area are extremely fortunate to have such a talented surgical team and superior technology available right here."
David Kloss, MD FACS has been in general surgery practice at Windham for more than 15 years. He has special interests in thyroid, laparoscopic, thoracic and vascular surgery. Dr. Hallisey commented that the entire surgical team at Windham is exceptional and cited this about his partner for the AAA procedure, "Dr. Kloss is immensely talented."
An aneurysm occurs when a blood vessel grows to twice its normal size and as it enlarges the risk of rupture increases. This patient had an aneurysm of the abdominal aorta also called an AAA. These AAAs are silent killers and are infrequently detected as a pulsating mass in the abdomen; more commonly, they are discovered incidentally by ultrasound or CT scan for other conditions. When an enlarged vessel reaches 4.5 cm in diameter, as was the case with Mr. Erskine, the risk of rupture is greater than the risk of surgery. The great risk of the abdominal aneurysm is sudden rupture and death. According to Dr. Kloss, Mr. Erskine's case was diagnosed while evaluating other issues. "Not only is he safe now from catastrophic aortic rupture, but he avoided the usual "stem to stern" incision used in open surgery," Dr. Kloss said.
Nearly two years ago Windham Hospital opened its state-of-the-art interventional radiology suite that continually expands the line up of procedures available locally to patients. According to Dr. Hallisey, it allows physicians to perform image- guided patient treatments that are less invasive, targeted to the patient's needs, providing faster recoveries.
"The room has air exchangers to provide sterile operating conditions, anesthesia hookups to provide accurate patient monitoring and precision imaging for the best treatments for patients in Eastern Connecticut" Dr. Hallisey said. "Windham Hospital is a great choice for area residents for the more sophisticated, high quality array of procedures available now. This best-in-class technology and highly skilled staff allows patients access to new treatment options for cancer, aneurysms, vascular disease and bleeding disorders" he said.
Very few hospitals are equipped to perform a surgery of this kind and it is likely that Windham is the only community hospital in Connecticut to offer this advanced, lifesaving procedure to patients.For additional information, CLICK HERE to listen to Wayne Norman's radio (WILI AM40) interview with Drs. Kloss and Hallisey.