This health video will focus on custom-made stent which can prevent the eruption of an aneurysm.
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Jennifer Matthews: Like a tailor sewing a seam, vascular surgeon Albert Hakaim sews a stent graft. Dr. Albert Hakaim: I did some endovascular training in Sweden and learned how to make stent grafts there. Jennifer Matthews: It's a tedious and time-consuming task done in a sterile operating room. Dr. Albert Hakaim: It takes about five hours of sewing to make one stent graft. Jennifer Matthews: It's a task the doctor does on nights and weekends. A task that is saving lives. A stent graft is used on patients who have a bulging blood vessel called an aneurysm. The graft stops blood from flowing through the aneurysm and prevents it from rupturing. However, one size doesn't fit all. Dr. Albert Hakaim: In certain patients, the commercially available devices aren't wide enough to provide a seal about the aneurysm. This is a segment of the stent graft. You can see that it is wider on top than on the bottom and that's made to the specifications of the patient's anatomy. Jennifer Matthews: Doctor Hakaim says being the stent maker and the surgeon adds a little extra pressure to his job. Dr. Albert Hakaim: That is an additional kind of quality assurance that also falls on your shoulders because if there's a problem with it, it's not a company problem, it's your problem. Jennifer Matthews: bill wells has one of the doctor's custom-made stent grafts. This sailor believes he wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for doctor Hakaim. Bill Wells: I'd let him do an operation on me any day of the week. Jennifer Matthews: Bill is one of twenty-four patients who have a custom-made stent graft. So far all of the patients are doing well. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.