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October 11, 2007

Tifton -- Tift Regional Hospital is the first in the state, and one of only a few nationwide, to use a revolutionary arterial closure device.      

The device is changing the way people think about cardiac catheterization, peripheral angiography and endovascular intervention. The procedure allows doctors to check a patients vascular system by entering an artery in the leg, although this new procedure is less invasive for the patient.    

"Once we insert that tube into the leg artery with this device you don't have to change that tube out for a different type of tube using a different device, you us the very same tube you us to do the procedure," says Cardiologist Dr. Michael Fenster.  

The "Mynx" also allows for an immediate seal using a small sponge like material to seal the hole. It expands to three times its size stopping bleeding almost immediately and preventing complication.

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