JACKSON, Miss. – St. Dominic’s cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons recently performed a rare surgical procedure by placing a prosthetic heart valve inside of an existing valve that had been replaced surgically 15 years ago.
This transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) allows physicians to guide a new heart valve from a small needle stick in the groin into the heart replacing the malfunctioning heart valve.
“At St. Dominic’s we are excited to be leading the way in bringing this exciting new technology to Mississippi and we are committed to continuing to provide access to cutting edge techniques to our community,” said Antoine Keller, M.D., FACS, cardiothoracic surgeon at St. Dominic Hospital.
“When this patient received treatment 15 years ago, heart valves were replaced through much more invasive, open procedures,” Keller said. “Now with this lifesaving technology, we are able to perform heart valve replacement using only catheters and wires, dramatically reducing the amount of discomfort and the time it takes to recover.”
Gray Bennett, M.D., cardiologist at St. Dominic Hospital, said TAVR has been a breakthrough in care for patients that are at the highest risk for death surrounding a valve replacement. “By using a team approach with cardiothoracic surgeons and interventional cardiologists, we can offer TAVR even to high risk patients who otherwise could not be treated.”
“We are lucky to have the team, the talent and the technical skill that it takes to offer patients this advanced, lifesaving treatment,” said William Crowder, M.D., cardiologist at St. Dominic Hospital.