In a second compassionate use case, interventional vascular surgeon Stefan Stalhoff of Klinikum Hochsauerland (Arnsberg, Germany) used VeinWay‘s Traversa for venous recanalisation to save a patient’s arm, with supervision by VeinWay scientific advisory board member Michael Lichtenberg. The patient had been in so much pain, that she could not hold her young children.
This news follows the first-in-human compassionate use case announced in March, where interventional radiologists David M Williams and Minhaj S Khaja (both University of Michigan Health used VeinWay’s Traversa for venous recanalisation to save a patient’s leg that was close to being amputated.
Details of both compassionate use cases were presented today at the Leipzig Interventional Course (LINC; 6–9 June, Leipzig Germany) by Michael Lichtenberg (Klinikum Hochsauerland, Arnsberg, Germany).
VeinWay CEO Jordan Pollack said, “VeinWay’s Traversa helped the doctors in Germany to successfully cross a previously uncrossable blockage in the patient’s vein and restore blood flow. The patient experienced immediate relief of symptoms. I only wish we could have captured the joy on her face, as she can hold her children again pain-free.”
Stalhoff said, “By using the Traversa we saved hours of procedure time and were able to achieve a goal previously unreachable, with comparable ease. This makes two successful clinical outcomes using the Traversa thus far.”