Cardiologists in Perth perform state-first heart surgery

Saturday December 12th

A team of GenesisCare cardiologists and their surgical colleagues at the Mount Hospital, Perth, have successfully performed a new minimally invasive surgery to treat a leaking mitral valve.

Mitral valve disease is a serious medical condition, with patients suffering severe breathlessness and poor quality of life, as well as high risk of death.

GenesisCare cardiologists Professor Stephen Worthley and Dr Wen-Loong Yeow performed the non-invasive heart surgery at the Mount Hospital earlier this month.

The surgery is part of a world-first trial to investigate a new innovative implantation technique for a mitral valve device.

The study is a major step forward in heart care treatment globally. Non-surgical aortic valve replacement has become commonplace, but mitral valve replacement usually requires open chest surgery.

This new technique performed in Perth allowed for the replacement of the mitral valve through a vein in the leg without the need to open the patient’s chest.

Dr Wen-Loong Yeow said:

“The surgery involved the use of a novel procedure to implant a device to repair the regurgitation in the mitral valve. The patient is in good condition and recovering in hospital with excellent indicators for full recovery.”

“The results of this surgery could literally be life-changing for hundreds of West Australians with mitral valve disease.”

“Heart failure with mitral disease is a serious medical condition, with patients suffering severe breathlessness and poor quality of life, as well as a high risk of death.”

“We are excited to see where the rest of the study leads us, and we are confident that it will deliver important findings to improve outcomes for patients with mitral valve disease.”

Mount Hospital Interim General Manager Juanita Lelasi said, “It is only the second time in the world that surgeons have implanted an artificial valve in the patient’s heart without open chest surgery by going up first an artery and then a vein, it is truly remarkable.”

“Currently, the standard treatment for a leaking mitral valve involves repairing or replacing the valve using invasive surgery on the stopped heart with a heart-lung machine.”

“Having the study being conducted at Mount Hospital is in itself very exciting, with the added bonus of delivering important findings to improve outcomes for patients with mitral valve disease,” she said.

 


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