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February 11, 2008

MAURY REGIONAL HOSTS FREE SEMINAR ON ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – On Thursday, March 6, Dr. Kenneth Todd Piercy will present a free seminar on the diagnosis and treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Auxiliary Conference Room at Maury Regional Hospital.

Approximately 200,000 people are diagnosed with abdominal aortic aneurysm in the United States each year. This condition occurs when a weakened area of the aorta—the largest artery in the body—expands or bulges. If undetected, the aneurysm may rupture and lead to death. Fortunately, if this condition is diagnosed at an early stage, it can be treated with highly effective and safe surgical techniques.

Dr. Piercy, a vascular surgeon on the medical staff at Maury Regional Hospital, will discuss the signs and symptoms of this condition as well as the latest treatment options available, including new technology in Maury Regional Hospital’s endovascular surgery suite.

One of the most advanced features of the endovascular surgery suite is the new Philips state-of-the-art X-ray imaging system offering a higher level of imaging capability for vascular procedures in which vessels of the circulatory system can be opened, in the case of a blockage, or weakened vessels repaired. According to Dr. Piercy, this new system offers advanced imaging of the vascular disease processes improving the surgeon’s ability to treat lesions utilizing minimally invasive techniques, lower exposures to intravenous contrast dyes and lower X-ray radiation exposures than previous imaging systems.

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