We are excited to share news that Dr. Mario Zaritzky's novel, non-surgical method for treating babies with esophageal atresia has won approval from the FDA. The esophageal magnetic anastomosis device is available under the brand name Flourish.
We first shared news of this treatment in 2015, with report from WRAL:
"Annalise was born missing about one-third of her esophagus, meaning she couldn't eat or even swallow saliva because her throat and stomach weren't connected. The condition, known as esophageal atresia, affects about one in 80,000 infants.
Surgery has traditionally been the only way to repair the problem until Dr. Mario Zaritzky, a pediatric radiologist with the University of Chicago Medicine, developed a magnet-based procedure. Magnets are inserted into the upper and lower ends of the esophagus, and they pull the two ends together over the course of a week so the tissue can fuse together properly."
Additional coverage can be found on the Lincoln Times-News, "Guest View—New device will help babies".
You can read our previous stories here:
April 2015: Dr Zaritzky Pioneers Non-surgical Option for Babies with Esophageal Atresia
November 2015: Update: Dr Zaritzky Pioneers Non-surgical Option for Babies with Esophageal Atresia