Mending ailing hearts has become a little bit easier at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) thanks to a less invasive alternative to open heart surgery called a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Procedure.
A team of Cardiac Surgeons and Cardiologists from PAH come together to perform the procedures that allow patients the ability to go home as early as two days post-surgery without a cut in the chest.
PAH Cardiac Surgeon, Dr Chris Cole, said the procedure is proving to be a great option for several patients, including more challenging cases.
“We have performed over 100 TAVR procedures since 2016 with a complication rate of less than two per cent which is a wonderful achievement.
“Patients who undergo a TAVR procedure are not required to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) post-surgery and are up and walking the next day making it a desirable alternative for most patients,” he said.
The procedure started exclusively in the Cath Lab yet, following infrastructure upgrades in the PAH theatre complex, the hybrid theatre has enabled to team to accept more challenging cases.
“A more challenging TAVR still saves someone from having open heart surgery and the associated difficult recovery, so we can increase the number of people who are offered this procedure.
“The program is expanding, and one day we hope to be in our own dedicated hybrid theatre to keep the love flowing with more mended hearts.”