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Michigan Vascular Center Firsts

  • 1963: First open Abdominal Aortic Aneurysmectomy in Mid-Michigan
  • 1963: First Carotid Endarterectomy in Mid-Michigan
  • 1963: First Femoral-Popliteal Bypass in Mid-Michigan
  • 1975: First in Mid-Michigan to offer Tibial Artery Bypass for limb salvage
  • 1977: Development of a Vascular Registry
  • 1988: First in Flint to implant a Palmaz Stent (R. Iliac Artery)
  • 1992: Mid-Michigan’s first ICAVL-Accredited Vascular Laboratory
  • 1998: Mid-Michigan’s first Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  • 2004: Formed Mid-Michigan’s only dedicated non-profit Vascular Clinical Research Center
  • 2004: First in the state of Michigan to implant FDA-approved Carotid stent (manufactured by Guidant, Inc.)
  • 2005: Opened Mid-Michigan’s first free-standing, full service, Hemodialysis Access Center
  • 2005: First and only site in the state of Michigan to implant a superficial femoral artery drug coated stent (manufactured by Cook, Inc.) (Zilver Trial)
  • 2006: First in the state of Michigan to implant FDA approved abdominal aortic aneurysm pressure monitoring device (manufactured by CardioMEMS)
  • 2008: First in the state of Michigan to perform endovascular removal of blood clots from veins (Stride I Clinical Research Trial using the Trellis® 8 device)
  • 2008: Mid-Michigan’s first percutaneous repair of AAA under local anesthesia
  • 2008: Michigan Vascular Center chosen as one of five training sites in the US for the Endologix Powerlink endograft for AAA
  • 2008: First Endologix Powerlink XL AAA endograft implanted in Michigan
  • 2012: First Mobility Center in Michigan and one of the nation’s first, dedicated to the rehabilitation of the amputee