Heart valve replacement without open-heart surgery
Banner Heart Hospital is among the first in the nation to offer a new procedure that can replace an aortic heart valve without the invasive surgery that was previously required.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the Sapien Transcatheter Heart Valve, the first artificial heart valve that can be placed without open heart surgery.
The Sapien valve is an innovative device that makes valve replacement possible for those who may not be strong enough to undergo open heart surgery.
“This new technology will offer elderly and infirmed patients who are not normally a candidate for surgery to have a treatment option that has tremendous potential,” said Donald Polansky, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon at Banner Heart Hospital.
“In clinical trials using the device, a substantial number of patients were shown to have survived longer when the transcatheter valve was used.”
This device will be a lifesaver for thousands with aortic stenosis whose hearts are too weak to survive open heart surgery.
The transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure is indicated for people who are at high risk for open-heart surgery, who have been deemed inoperable by a cardio-thoracic surgeon, and who may be symptomatic of aortic stenosis. This includes symptoms such as:
- Chest pain or tightness
- Feeling faint or weak
- Shortness of breath
For more information about the Sapien Transcatheter Heart Valve, call (480) 854-5589.