Sanford offering new vascular technology

BISMARCK, N.D. - Sanford Health in Bismarck is the first in North Dakota to offer LUTONIX vascular technology.

A new balloon catheter can help patients with end-stage kidney disease, as well as other health problems.

LUTONIX is a balloon catheter coated in Paclitaxel, a drug commonly used to prevent the narrowing of blood vessels. The device can help patients with end-stage kidney disease, as well as other health problems.

The device is placed in a vein, inflates, and releases the drug to keep the vessels open during dialysis.

“What we're finding is that the plain old balloons where we just dilate it they tend to recoil and tend to recur. With the drug coated balloon, it lines that artery with a medication which prevents it from recurring and blocking up again,” said Sean Russell, Cardiovascular Surgeon at Sanford Health.

The alternative to LUTONIX is surgery, which is more expensive and has a much longer recovery time.

With LUTONIX, you are looking at just one night in the hospital.

Russell says Sanford Health has already completed about 50 procedures.