Jinan, China – On May 30, 2019, MicroPort NeuroTech（Shanghai）Co., Ltd. (“MicroPort® NeuroTech”) donated a Tubridge® Vascular Reconstruction Device (“Tubridge®”) to help a neurovascular surgical team from Qilu Hospital of Shandong University successfully perform an operation on a patient diagnosed with multiple intracranial aneurysms. The team was led by Prof. Haidong Wang from the hospital.
According to Prof. Haidong Wang, the patient surnamed Zhao, female, suddenly started to suffer from headache and swollen eyes, which led to the diagnosis of multiple intracranial aneurysms at another hospital. Ms. Zhao underwent thorough medical examinations as well as pre-operative angiography at Qilu Hospital, which revealed that the patient’s left posterior communicating artery aneurysm measured more than 1 cm in length with wide aneurysmal neck. The lesion should be closely connected with the headache, probably due to leaking aneurysm. In addition, there were four various sizes aneurysms of right intracavernous and clinoidal segment internal carotid artery. The patient’s swollen eyes were closely related to the aneurysms occupying in this areas. The neurovascular surgical team from Qilu Hospital met and devised the following treatment plan – Firstly, the aneurysm of left posterior communicating artery at a high risk of rupture was to be plugged up with stent-assisted embolization treatment; Secondly, the patient was recommended to use a mesh stent in the treatment of the right multiple aneurysms to minimize the occupied effect so that the compression of the eye nerves could be mitigated.
The patient successfully underwent the embolization treatment on the left intracranial aneurysm on April 23. When Prof. Donghai Wang discussed the second-phase treatment with the patient’s husband, he learned that the couple from an underdeveloped region were already stretched too thin financially. The husband, surnamed Chen and breadwinner of the family, was a low-income police officer. The first treatment had already exhausted the family’s savings, which put the second-phase treatment on hold as Mr. Chen had to raise enough funds to cover the treatment cost.
Without any hesitation, Prof. Donghai Wang knew he could ask for help from MicroPort® NeuroTech, which is the only Chinese producer of mesh stents. He shared what he had learned about the patient and her family with MicroPort® NeuroTech, which then decided to try all it can to save her life and donate a Tubridge®. On May 30, Prof. Donghai Wang and his team performed a re-examination of the embolization treatment on the left aneurysm and implanted a mesh stent to treat the right internal carotid artery multiple aneurysms. The implantation was successful, with the stent sealing off the four aneurysms accurately and the angiography showing expected effectiveness.
Prof. Donghai Wang said that Tubridge® was used due to its epitomizing outstanding Chinese-made medical devices. The device cures the cerebral aneurysm by effectively diverting the blood flow based on hemodynamics and gradually repairing aneurysmal neck. The treatment of four aneurysms with one Tubridge® proved to be an optimal solution in this case featuring multiple aneurysms. The innovative Tubridge® resulting from 12-year independent development by MicroPort® NeuroTech has demonstrated high blocking rate, safety, and low recurrence rate in the treatment of big and huge intracranial aneurysms. It has also helped take on the challenges confronted by conventional therapies, including high cost and unsatisfactory prognosis. When Ms. Zhao was discharged from the operating room after a successful procedure, the smiles which had been long missing from Mr. Chen’s face reappeared as he was relieved of unbearable pressures.
As a company never hesitates to shoulder social responsibility, MicroPort® NeuroTech has made a few donations to patients. MicroPort® NeuroTech adheres to the credo of “Save the lives of patients” and joins forces with healthcare professionals with patient care to support charity work and help patients regain hope.