Our world first heart surgery

Colin Gutsche, 75, Port Clinton, Adelaide, suffers from mitral valve disease, a serious medical condition which causes severe breathlessness, as well as high risk of death.

Last Friday, a team of our cardiologists became the first surgeons in the world to perform a new procedure, implanting an artificial mitral valve inside Colin’s heart, by sending it up from the groin, rather than the traditional method of open chest surgery.

The surgery is part of a world first trial examining the safety and feasibility of a new valve and its delivery system.

For more information on the trial you can visit our clinical trials page.

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