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BARD helps patients improve their quality of life. Click a story to learn how BARD solutions helped these individuals.

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Oncology Patient Story
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Oncology Patient Story

As an RN who worked in surgery, JoAnn Carrier was known for holding the hands of nervous patients, her soothing words providing comfort until the anesthesia took effect.  She didn’t think much about breast cancer until she noticed some irregularities in her left breast while performing a self-exam. A biopsy was performed using the ENCOR® Breast Biopsy System, a minimally invasive vacuum assisted breast biopsy device that delivers multiple tissue samples through a single insertion. Fortunately, the tissue was benign, and the experience was a far cry from the more invasive procedures she often witnessed in the operating room. “The local anesthetic was the most uncomfortable part,” she says.  
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Surgical Patient Story
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Surgical Patient Story

 

Not long after Martha Aranzana had successful surgery to remove a painful kidney stone, she began to notice discomfort in the same part of her body.  This time, she was diagnosed with a flank hernia, which occurred when her intestine pushed through a weakening in the abdominal wall caused by her prior surgical incision. Because the presence of ribs and other bone structure in the area limits the ability to anchor the mesh in place, her surgeon elected to reinforce the area, affixing an 8 cm x 12 cm VENTRIO® Hernia Patch to her abdominal wall using the innovative SORBAFIX™ Absorbable Fixation System.  Conventional tacks or sutures may cause scar tissue to adhere to the fixation points, potentially causing uncomfortable irritation in the patient.  The absorbable tacks in the SORBAFIX™ Absorbable Fixation System dissolve over time, while the body’s own tissue grows into the mesh patch to create a firm, durable and more comfortable repair.  

Because the procedure was performed laparoscopically, Martha went home the same day, and was back at work a few weeks later. She resumed exercising as well.  “It feels like I never had a hernia to begin with,” she smiles.  

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Vascular Patient Story
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Vascular Patient Story

When recurring pain in his calf began to slow him down, Andy Anderson knew it was time to seek medical attention.  His physician explained that the pain was caused by Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)—in this case, a narrowing of the superficial femoral artery (SFA) that restricted blood flow to the lower leg.  “I was surprised to find out that the problem was up here,” says Andy, indicating his upper leg, “since I felt the pain down in my calf.”  

Andy was an ideal candidate for placement of BARD’s LIFESTENT® Vascular Stent, the only such product approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for use in the SFA and proximal popliteal arteries.  Accessing the diseased artery through the groin, his physician pre-dilated the narrowed portion of the artery with an angioplasty balloon catheter, then introduced the LIFESTENT® Vascular Stent to keep it open and improve blood flow.  

Today, Andy is pain-free.  “I can go out and exercise all day long,” he says.  “This really improved my quality of life.”  

        


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