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Hansen Medical Completes 30th Robotic Prostatic Artery Embolization Procedure for BPH at Inova Alexandria Hospital

Hansen Medical, Inc., the global leader in intravascular robotics, today announced the completion of the 30th Robotic Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE) procedure for the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) at Inova Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia. The procedures have been performed by Sandeep Bagla, MD, Interventional Radiologist, using the Magellan Robotic System. Dr. Bagla is one of the world leaders in the development of PAE and is at the forefront of applying the Magellan Robotic System to this expanding procedure.

"We are excited about our clinical experiences with the Magellan Robotic System for prostatic artery embolization," said Dr. Bagla, "PAE is a highly complex procedure that demands precision and control, key elements which are enhanced through robotics. We have completed 30 PAE procedures thus far with the Magellan Robotic System and are delighted with the results we are seeing. We are highly confident in our ability to navigate through tortuous anatomy, our patients are very open to the approach and personally, I am drawn to the ability to reduce my procedural radiation exposure."

BPH, or enlargement of the prostate, is a common condition that affects almost 20 million men in the U.S., or over half of all men 50 or older. The condition continues to expand with age and almost 80% of men 80 or older are expected to experience BPH. The continued enlargement of the prostate gland can lead to difficulties associated with the bladder and urination. Sufferers of BPH may experience a diminished quality of life, as sleep is often interrupted by a frequent need to urinate during the night. If untreated, BPH can lead to complications including a weakened bladder, blockage, bladder stones or infections.

PAE is a novel therapy in which the size of the prostate is reduced by a less invasive catheter-based approach that works to reduce blood flow to the main arteries that feed the prostate. Successfully performed, prostatic artery embolization can reduce the prostate gland size and eliminate the symptoms associated with BPH. Currently a patient must choose between long-term medical therapy or highly invasive surgical options that may often result in complications such as pain, bleeding, incontinence or impotence. Some sources have estimated that almost 2 million men in the U.S. did not seek therapy last year because of the potential complications that can result from a traditional surgical approach.

"We are very excited about the groundbreaking work being done by Dr. Bagla and his team at Inova Alexandria," said Joe Guido, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Hansen Medical. "Further we look forward to working with Dr. Bagla and a growing number of physicians in other centers as they strive to improve the quality of patients' lives."

The Magellan™ Robotic System is an advanced technology that drives the Magellan Robotic Catheters during endovascular procedures. Magellan is designed to offer procedural predictability, control, and catheter stability to physicians as they remotely navigate the robotic catheter through the vasculature. Magellan's remote workstation allows physicians to navigate through the vasculature while seated away from the radiation field, potentially reducing physicians' radiation exposure and procedural fatigue.

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About the Magellan™ Robotic System
Hansen Medical's Magellan Robotic System is intended to be used to facilitate navigation in the peripheral vasculature and subsequently provide a conduit for manual placement of therapeutic devices. The Magellan Robotic System is designed to deliver predictability, control and catheter stability to endovascular procedures. Since its commercial introduction in the U.S. and Europe, the Magellan Robotic System has demonstrated its clinical versatility in many cases in a broad variety of peripheral vascular procedures globally. The Magellan Robotic System offers several important features including:

  • Provides predictability, control and catheter stability as a physician navigates a patient's peripheral vasculature and then provides a conduit for manual treatment of vascular disease with standard therapeutic devices.
  • Is designed to enable more predictable procedure times and increased case throughput potentially allowing hospitals to improve utilization within their vascular business line.
  • Employs an open architecture designed to allow for the subsequent use of many therapeutic devices on the market today.
  • Is designed to potentially reduce physician radiation exposure and fatigue by allowing the physician to navigate procedures while seated comfortably at a remote workstation away from the radiation field and without wearing heavy lead as required in conventional endovascular procedures.
  • The Magellan 9Fr and 10Fr Robotic Catheters allow for independent, robotic control of two telescoping catheters (an outer Guide and an inner Leader catheter), as well as robotic manipulation of standard guide wires.
  • The Magellan 6Fr Robotic Catheter allows for independent robotic control of two separate bend sites on a single catheter, as well as robotic manipulation of standard guide wires. This smaller catheter design may be preferred by certain physicians who prefer a smaller diameter vessel access site, or in procedures in smaller vessels.



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