ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – A Rochester hospital is the first in the state—and one of the first in the country—to replace a patient’s heart valve and discharge him the same day.
The whole procedure lasts about 45 minutes, Depta said. Rather than cutting open a patient’s chest, TAVR allows doctors to make an incision in the leg, snake a long tube with an inflatable replacement valve at the end up through the patient’s arteries, and deposit it in the aorta.
“The old valve just gets pushed to the side,” Depta said. “Pretty simple, really.”
The procedure is young, as heart operations go, Depta said. First performed in France in 2002, doctors now use the procedure on patients for whom open heart surgery would be a high-risk operation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved TAVR in 2011, and over 100,000 patients have received the procedure since then, the FDA said.
It’s too early to have firm data on long-term results, but Depta said the data he’s seen, and the patients he’s performed the procedure on, paint a promising picture. “This is a field that’s rapidly evolving,” Depta said. “I’d never in my wildest dreams felt that I’d be sending somebody, after a valve replacement, home on the same day.”