Hospital performs new, less invasive aneurysm repair
Three patients at Emory Hospital have successfully undergone a new type of minimally invasive vascular surgery to treat dangerous abdominal aortic aneurysms, reducing the patient's recovery time and hospitalization.
About five years ago, Emory doctors were among the first in the country to begin treating aortic aneurysms-- dilations in the major artery carrying freshly oxygenated blood from the heart--with grafts administered via Excluder catheters through tiny incisions, a dramatic alternative to the large abdominal incisions usually required.
All three patients treated this month were discharged two days after surgery, according to team leaders Adam Lumsden, chief of vascular surgery, and Woody Smith, interventional radiologist. Conventional aortic repair usually requires two to three days in intensive care and another six to eight days of hospital recovery.
"Even patients with narrowed and tortuous vessels can be successfully implanted," Lumsden said. "Furthermore, this device allows for the successful implantation of patients who are at prohibitive risk for open repair aneurysm."
Special Collections closed July 12-17
The Special Collections department of Woodruff Library will be closed to the public from July 12-17 to prepare for renovations.
Limited reference assistance will be available via telephone, fax or e-mail. Anyone with an urgent need for materials or assistance should call Kathy Shoemaker at 404-727-0158 or send e-mail to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Special Collections will reopen July 19 and resume regular summer hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday- Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Beginning July 19, some areas of the department will be under renovation, and there may be delays in retrieving materials as well as noise or other disruptions. Researchers are urged to contact the department in advance to make arrangements. For more information call 404-727-6887.
The first objects from the acquisition of the Egyptian Collection of the Niagara Falls Museum will be exhibited starting July 19 in the Carlos Museum's Egyptian Gallery. These objects will be on display until January and comprise the first of four rotational displays over the next 18 months.
The public will have a rare chance to see many of the actual crates and unconserved items for one day only, July 19, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., before they are conserved over the next two years.
An exhibition featuring all the items in the new collection, titled "Mysteries of the Mummies: The Art and Archaeology of Death in Ancient Egypt," will run from April 2001 through October 2001.