Sanford Health improves stroke care with new technology


John Berg
Sanford Health Media Relations
605-366-2432 / [email protected]

SIOUX FALLS, SD — Divyajot Sandhu, MD, an interventional neurologist at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, is the first in South Dakota to use a new, cutting-edge stroke treatment technology.

The advanced neurointerventional system, known as The FreeClimb 70 reperfusion system, essentially combines the FreeClimb 70 catheter with another catheter, known as the Tenzing® 7 delivery catheter, to predictably and rapidly reach target lesions in stroke patients.

“This new technology is a significant advance in stroke care and has the potential to dramatically change outcomes for stroke patients,” said Dr. Divyajot Sandhu. “The procedure is much less invasive and helps patients recover their quality of life much faster after a stroke. This first-of-its-kind technology reduces the risk of long-term disability in patients and can potentially help save the life of someone suffering a stroke .”

As the region’s only Joint Commission-accredited stroke program, Sanford Health has a team of talented experts, paired with the latest in technologies, to receive and treat the most complex cases of stroke.

D. Sandhu graduated from Dyanand Medical College and Hospital in Punjab, India and completed his residency from the University of Missouri Columbia Hospital in Columbia. He completed his stroke and neuroendovascular fellowships at the University of Minnesota and is board certified in neurology and vascular neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.

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Sanford Health, the largest rural health system in the United States, is dedicated to transforming the healthcare experience and providing access to world-class healthcare in America’s heartland. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization serves more than one million patients and 201,000 health plan members in 250,000 square miles. The integrated health system has 46 medical centers, 2,800 Sanford physicians and advanced practice providers, 170 clinical investigators and researchers, 186 Good Samaritan Society senior centers and world clinics in nine countries around the globe. Learn more about Sanford Health’s commitment to shaping the future of rural health care across the lifespan at or Sanford Health News.

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