KANSAS MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES FIRST IMPLANT OF COREVALVE™ EVOLUT™ PRO TRANSCATHETER VALVE WITH ADVANCED SEALING
Kansas Medical Center (KMC) announces its first commercial implant of the newly FDA approved CoreValve™ Evolut™ PRO valve for the treatment of severe aortic stenosis for symptomatic patients who are at high or extreme risk for open heart surgery. Recently unveiled clinical data showed high survival, low rates of stroke, minimal para-valvular leak (PVL) and excellent hemodynamics for the self-expanding valve.
Two patients who met the criteria for TAVR were successfully treated on the same day, both recovered from the procedure with no complications and were dismissed home on the second day after the procedure.
The procedure, commonly known as TAVR, was completed by Badr Idbeis, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon, and Ryan Beard, MD, an interventional cardiologist. TAVR is a minimally invasive method to replace aortic valves. TAVR, as opposed to open heart procedures, does not require the chest to be opened. Instead, similar to heart catheterization, the valve is inserted through the artery in the groin and fed, via wire, to the heart where it is then released in the proper location. The procedure requires two physicians to complete. Both physicians attended extensive training prior to being certified to perform TAVR procedures.
“TAVR is a good option for patients who don’t qualify for the surgical replacement of the Aortic valve,” Badr Idbeis, MD said, “the recovery time compared to an open-heart procedure is shorter. The outcomes from our first cases has been very gratifying without any PVL heart block or stroke.”
“We believe TAVR is a great option to offer our patients,” noted Ryan Beard, MD. “The potential to replace the aortic valve in a less invasive manner is an exciting advancement in the treatment of vascular heart disease. We are also very excited to help people return to their families and lives much sooner than previously expected. It’s an excellent decision to start performing TAVRs at KMC and I am very excited about the possibilities.”
KMC expects to ramp up the number of TAVR procedures they perform quickly.
About Kansas Medical Center
Founded in 2006 Kansas Medical Center is a full-service 58-bed, general acute-care hospital. Kansas Medical Center offers a full range of services including cardiovascular, orthopedics, gynecology, urology, ENT, general medicine, and a 24/7 emergency room. Learn more about KMC at www.ksmedcenter.com
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