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Solitaire Flow Restoration Device

Solitaire Flow Restoration Device

What is the Solitaire Flow Restoration Device?

The Solitaire device is the latest generation in clot-retrieval systems and has demonstrated that it is significantly more effective than previous devices. The Solitaire device is intended to restore blood flow to the brain in patients suffering acute ischemic stroke by mechanically removing blood clots from blocked vessels.

How does the Solitaire Flow Restoration Device Work?

The Solitaire device in inserted through a small incision in the groin using a thin catheter tube to the location of the clot in the brain. The device has a self-expanding, stent retriever design that compresses and traps the clot. The clot is then removed by withdrawing the device, thus reopening the blocked blood vessel. 

Why was it introduced at St. Mary?

The use of the Solitaire device is seen as a means of improving clinical outcomes for stroke patients. Solitaire is more effective in restoring blood flow, less likely to cause bleeding as a side effect of the procedure, reduces mortality, and improves neurologic outcomes in the months following a stroke.

If a person seeks medical attention with three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms, a clot-busting medication tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) can be effective in many cases to dissolve the clot and restore blood flow. However, as it happens with many cases of stroke, the patient woke up exhibiting signs of stroke and, therefore, the time of the actual onset of stroke was unknown. Previously, the options for safe medical intervention are limited when treatment is delayed.




*St Mary is able to perform this procedure because of its relationship with Jefferson Neurosurgery.