Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms take the lives of thousands of Americans every year. The good news is, if detected early, these aneurysms can be safely treated with a minimally invasive vascular procedure now being performed at Habersham Medical Center (HMC).

Michael Lebow, MD, the founding medical director of Endovascular Surgery at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, has relocated to Habersham Medical Center in Demorest to treat patients with vascular disease such as aortic aneurysms.

Recently, Dr. Lebow performed the first minimally invasive aortic stent graft procedure at HMC. A patient with a 5.2 cm abdominal aortic aneurysm underwent the procedure through a single small incision in the groin and was discharged the next day.  Not many years ago, repairing aneurysms, such as this, required major surgery and a prolonged recovery. Now, with modern technology, aortic stent-graft placement to repair abdominal aortic aneuryms is practically an outpatient procedure and has a short recovery period.

Dr. Lebow views HMC as the most promising up and coming hospital in northeast Georgia.  "When I first toured HMC, I couldn't believe that such a wonderful facility with expert staff and physicians existed in rural northeast Georgia," says Dr. Lebow.  "I knew immediately that HMC was the place I wanted to establish the region's next Endovascular Operating Room."  Since that time, the nurses and technologists from HMC's operating rooms and patient care units have received extensive training in the care of vascular patients from experts in the region in preparation for the recent case."

"It has been really wonderful to see the entire hospital come together to bring state-of-the-art vascular care to HMC," says Jerry Wise, CEO of Habersham Medical Center.  "We are pleased to have Dr. Lebow on our healthcare team."

Dr. Lebow's office is located at 590 Historic Highway 441 North in Demorest.  Patients can make an appointment by calling 770-535-1948.