Portneuf Medical Center Has Made History in Eastern Idaho Performing the First Closed Chest Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery

July 31, 2013

First "TAVR" Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in Eastern Idaho is performed to provide treatment for Aortic Stenosis. It is the first time to ever to be performed in Eastern Idaho.

Pocatello, Idaho (PRWEB) July 31, 2013

Portneuf Medical Center has become the first hospital in Eastern Idaho to offer a new FDA-approved procedure to treat severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of aortic valve opening) by replacing the aortic valve with a prosthetic valve, without the need for open heart surgery.

Called transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, this minimally invasive treatment offers new hope for high-risk patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis in need of life-saving valve replacement surgery.

Our first TAVR procedure was performed at Portneuf Medical Center on July 17th. Since then, four other patients have been treated, with more to follow.

TAVR involves a multidisciplinary team led by Dr. Jacob DeLaRosa, chief of heart surgery and Dr. Fernando Grigera, chief of Interventional cardiology who are valve specialists, working closely together, along with echocardiographer, anesthesiologist, and pre- and post-operative care providers.

The surgeons who took part in the first procedure here were Jacob DeLaRosa, MD; Fernando Grigera, MD; Julio Vasquez, MD; David Gonzales, MD; Juan Leon, MD; Benjamin Call, MD; Lance Longmore, DO and several cardiac and vascular specialists that comprise the Heart Valve team.

Aortic stenosis is now the most frequently diagnosed heart valve disease. It is a potentially life-threatening condition, with a long latency period followed by rapid progression after the appearance of symptoms. Left untreated, 50% of patients with aortic stenosis die within two years of having symptoms.

For high-risk patients, a less invasive treatment has been long sought and, finally, the technology to achieve it has been developed, making this life-saving treatment now possible for these patients.

Portneuf Medical Center is now one of a select number of sites in the United States and the only center in Eastern Idaho to offer TAVR that uses the Edwards SAPIEN transcatheter heart valve.

This innovative procedure delivers a replacement valve via catheter (thin tube) while the heart is still beating (see video of procedure).

If you are a patient or someone you know suffers with severe aortic stenosis, or if you are a physician caring for a patient with this condition who could benefit from further evaluation, please call 208-239-2580 (Valve Center) to make an appointment, or to obtain more information about our TAVR program from our heart valve coordinator.

For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/7/prweb10945786.htm

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