WAUKESHA — ProHealth
Care announced it now offers a minimally invasive
procedure to replace the aortic valves in high-risk or
inoperable patients at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.
transcatheter aortic valve replacement gives hope for a
longer life, and higher quality of life, for these
individuals, according to the announcement.
The heart and
vascular team at ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital is
one of only a few in Wisconsin to offer TAVR as a
treatment option and is the first in southeastern
Wisconsin to use SAPIEN 3, the latest generation heart
valve, approved by the FDA this past summer, according
to the organization.
TAVR is requires
tiny incisions between the ribs, in the leg or in the
front of the chest. A catheter is threaded through an
artery to deliver the new valve, all while the heart
continues to beat.
The TAVR procedure
has been made possible at Waukesha Memorial Hospital
through ProHealth Care’s cardiothoracic surgery
partnership with Indiana University Health.