Providence unveils new aortic valve surgery

From staff reportsJuly 16, 2013 

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KURT STRAZDINS;KURT STRAZDINS

— Providence Hospitals has begun offering Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement surgery.

The intricate procedure is for aortic stenosis patients, who are at high risk for traditional aortic valve surgery. In fact, most people with this condition previously weren’t considered candidates for valve surgery.

The surgery allows patients to have their constricted aortic valve replaced without opening the chest. A stent mounted valve is routed through the femoral artery and deployed in the native aortic valve allowing blood to flow out of the patient’s heart more freely.

A surgery requires a full team of cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and members of both the cath lab and cardiovascular operating room teams to perform the procedure.

“It was important to bring this technology to our patients because it opens up therapy to improve quality of life and even reduces mortality risk for patients we could not previously treat,” said J.P. Sutton, surgeon and clinical lead for the TAVR program.

Nationally, about 200 hospitals offer this TAVR surgery. For more information on the TAVR team and the procedure itself, go to http://www.providencehospitals.com/TAVR.

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