ANAHEIM, CALIF. — A Guidant Corp. device made of several engineering resins permits surgeons to repair a blood vessel using minimally invasive techniques. Bayer Corp. exhibited Guidant's Ancure Endograft system during the Medical Design and Manufacturing West exposition, held Jan. 18-20 in Anaheim.
Approved initially in late 1999, the system reduces costs and a patient's recovery time by avoiding the complications of major open surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
The system requires that only small incisions be made, through which a surgeon guides the one-piece polyester graft from a patient's groin through the femoral artery in the upper leg and into the aorta. The surgeon deploys the graft inside the aneurysm. Small metal hooks act as sutures.
The Guidant system is part of the growing market for plastics in surgical instruments, said Sabine Ohst, medical industry market manager for Europe at Guidant's parent Bayer AG in Leverkusen, Germany. Ohst also is a worldwide program coordinator.
Plastics are replacing metal instruments, which typically were cleaned and reused. The blood-vessel repair technique follows on the success with less-invasive knee surgeries.
Bayer's plastics division also announced that in February George Paleos will become the Pittsburgh-based industry manager for the medical market. He is technical sales specialist for the firm's southeast region in Atlanta.
Paleos was a sales representative with Monsanto Corp.'s plastics unit from 1991 until Bayer acquired the operation in 1996. Paleos fills a vacancy created in October when Doug Powell joined the Bayer Polyurethanes business group in a new research position.