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What is Ancure?


Ancure is the name of product that promised to be an alternative to traditional surgeries performed on persons suffering from abdominal aortic aneurysms, or AAA. The device uses a catheter to insert a sheath through the femoral artery in the leg. This sheath allows the blood to bypass the affected area. Ancure comes in three configurations. The Bifurcated system, which is the standard and most commonly used version, has two limbs. The Variable Limb Length Bifurcated system also has two limbs; however, the limbs are of different lengths. This configuration is intended for those patients who need different iliac limb lengths. The Aortoiliac version of Ancure is for complex AI anatomy and aneurysmal iliacs.

During the procedure, a catheter is inserted through a small puncture wound in the skin, and the Ancure is advanced through the catheter until it reaches the weakened portion of the blood vessel where it is permanently implanted.

According to Guidant, the manufacturer of Ancure, treatment with the Ancure system provides a variety of benefits to patients. Hospital stays are reduced to 2 or 3 days following the procedure, as opposed to 6 days required for the traditional open surgery. Patients typically experience less blood loss during the procedure, and cardiac and respiratory complications are also much lower. These benefits usually translate into quicker recovery times for patients, allowing them to return to normal activity in less time than patients who receive open surgery to repair their aneurysms.

Which patients may have been received an Ancure system as treatment?

Patients who underwent procedures for the endovascular treatment of infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysms or aortoiliac aneurysm may have received an Ancure product. According to the manufacturer, to receive an Ancure system, these patients would have had adequate iliac/femoral access, infrarenal non-aneurysmal neck length of at least 15 mm and a diameter of no greater than 26 mm, a distal segment neck length of 12 mm and a diameter of no greater than 26 mm (tube) or distal segment lengths of at least 20 mm and diameters no greater than 13.4 mm (bifurcated/aortoiliac) and morphology suitable for endovascular AAA repair. The aortoiliac device should be used in patients whose anatomy does not allow the use of a tube or bifurcated device.

Due to the technical medical nature of these products, Federal Law (U.S.A.) restricts the sale of Ancure and similar products to sale by or on the order of a physician (or properly licensed practitioner) trained in vascular interventional techniques and in the use of this device. In other words, you would need a doctor's prescription in order to receive an Ancure unit. Ask your doctor or the physician who performed the surgery if you had an AAA procedure done and are unsure whether Ancure was used.


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