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Case Study: Surgical Rescue with the Philips Bridge Occlusion Balloon

This case was unique because the patient had experienced a prior SVC tear in 2008 during extraction of a malfunctioning Fidelis® lead. Although his first tear was prior to Bridge, we were able to complete a successful repair at the SVC/RA junction, with subsequent extraction and reimplant.

In 2017 the battery was approaching end of life and the patient elected for another extraction. Given his prior SVC tear, it seemed unlikely for another tear to occur. Yet, he experienced a second SVC tear in this case. Fortunately we had Bridge, which helped rescue this 35 year-old male with a spouse and 3 children under the age of 6 years old.