Baylor St. Luke’s Continues to be an Early Adopter of Innovations in Aneurysm Treatment

Houston, TX (July 19, 2019) – In 2018, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center was the first in Texas to use the PulseRider, a neurovascular device used to treat patients with wide-neck bifurcation aneurysms. One year later, advancements have been made in the area and the hospital is again one of the first to begin using WEB, a new FDA approved device to treat aneurysms.  After a series of cases, Peter Kan, M.D., neurosurgeon at Baylor St. Luke’s, became the first neurointerventionalist to be certified in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.

“Baylor St. Luke’s is committed to delivering the most effective treatment options to meet the needs of all neurological patients,” said Dr. Kan. “This is an exciting piece of technology and a great treatment option for patients suffering from wide-neck bifurcation aneurysms. We are proud to be using this leading-edge technology.”

The WEB device is a “one-and-done” type treatment, overcoming the challenges of using multiple devices when treating aneurysms. The tiny basket-like device is intended to treat complicated aneurysms and avoid the placement of a stent device. This is an alternative option for patients who cannot be put on blood thinners, as other treatment options for this type of aneurysm often require that.

The neuroscience services department at Baylor St. Luke’s in Houston’s renowned Texas Medical Center welcomes the WEB device as a new era in the treatment of complex brain aneurysms and is dedicated to the highest levels of neurological and neurosurgical care.

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About Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center is an 881-bed quaternary care academic medical center that is a joint venture between Baylor College of Medicine and CHI St. Luke’s Health. Located in the Texas Medical Center, the hospital is the home of the Texas Heart® Institute, a cardiovascular research and education institution founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD. The hospital was the first facility in Texas and the Southwest designated a Magnet® hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, receiving the award four consecutive times. Baylor St. Luke’s also has three community emergency centers offering adult and pediatric care for the Greater Houston area.

About the CHI Texas Division

The CHI Texas Division, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), is comprised of three markets―in Houston, CHI St. Luke’s Health (CHI St. Luke’s) is home to eight hospitals, eight emergency centers, Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Radiation & CyberKnife Center, and numerous Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group locations throughout Greater Houston; CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial (three hospitals and a long-term acute care facility in East Texas); and CHI St. Joseph Health (five hospitals and several St. Joseph Medical Group locations across Brazos Valley). In addition, CHI St. Luke’s flagship hospital, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center, is a part of a joint venture agreement with Baylor College of Medicine. Together, CHI St. Luke’s and Baylor College of Medicine are transforming healthcare delivery with a mission to usher in a new era of healthcare to create healthier communities. For more information, visit CHITX.org.

About Catholic Health Initiatives

CHI St. Luke’s Health is a part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), one of the nation’s largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 17 states and comprises 100 hospitals, including three academic health centers and major teaching hospitals; 30 critical-access facilities; community health-services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home-health agencies; and other facilities and services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. Learn more at CatholicHealthInitiatives.org.

Publish Date: 
Friday, July 19, 2019