March 11, 2010 - As the U.S. population ages and the incidence of diabetes and high blood pressure rises, the number of end-stage renal (kidney) disease patients receiving dialysis is expected to increase dramatically in coming years. Kidney dialy...
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Male Speaker: More than 350 thousand Americans are receiving Hemodialysis for end-stage renal disease, that's Kidney failure. Hemodialysis means that we are connected to a dialysis machine as many as three times a week for three to five hours a day having our blood filtered out into the machine, clean and returned to us. It's an incredibly important option with one major problem, which is the surgical connection where we get dialysis. It's kind of like a four lane highway, a short circuit that allows blood to come out and be returned to us, develop scurry narrowings down to one lane. We spent been years trying to keep these bypasses open with costly invasive and painful procedures for patients like balloon angioplasty, stretching them open, using stents, using surgeries or even radiation and non of these have worked better then a balloon. Problem with the balloon is we stretch it and it comes back like a rubber band far too quickly. This new research shows the first results that have shown an advantage over balloon angioplasty and this stent graft is a stent which has a unique flared into it and also a coating that servers as a barrier to prevent that scar tissue from coming back. What it means to a patient is more efficient dialysis with fewer procedures. Doctor, "Well I need to see you less often, if you do this for me instead of all the other treatments," and the answers is to definitely yes. If you'd like learn more about kidney disease couple of great websites kidney.org and more about this specific research at the University of Maryland umn.edu/stent.

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