Waukesha Memorial Hospital offers new heart procedure

Freeman Staff

Nov. 11, 2015

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.

The procedure, 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.