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NICE Gives Thumbs-Up to Heart Device

Posted 19 December 2013 | By Louise Zornoza

In guidance released on 18 December 2013, the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommended Jotec's E‑vita open plus device for treating complex aneurysms and dissections of the thoracic aorta, in a carefully selected group of people.

The E-vita open plus is a modified graft prosthesis, specifically designed for one-stage repair in complex aortic disease through median sternotomy. It consists of two sections joined together which allows two areas of damaged aorta to be treated in one procedure. In patients who would normally need a two-stage repair operation because of the extent of disease or damage affecting their aorta, the device can eliminate the need for a second procedure and the associated risk of serious complications.

"This final guidance supports the NHS using the E-vita open plus for treating complex aneurysms (bulging blood vessels) and tears in the wall of the aorta," said Professor Carole Longson, Director of the NICE Centre for Health Technology Evaluation.

"When used in a carefully selected group of people who may have extensive disease or damage affecting their aorta, the device is estimated to potentially save the health service up to £28,000 per patient over 10 years compared to standard management," Longson added. "As a second surgical procedure would be avoided by using the E-vita open plus, this device is good news for the patient as well as the NHS."


NICE - Press Statement

The E-vita open plus for treating complex aneurysms and dissections of the thoracic aorta (MTG16)

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