AUSTIN, Texas, April 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On March 1, 2016, surgeons with Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons became the first in Texas—and second in the U.S.— to implant the new sutureless Perceval valve for aortic valve replacements (AVR). Stephen Dewan, M.D., and Faraz Kerendi, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeons at Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons, performed the procedure at Heart Hospital of Austin.
Perceval is a surgical biological valve designed with a self-anchoring frame, enabling surgeons to replace the native, diseased valve without sutures. Engineered to restore natural valve performance, the Perceval valve features a super-elastic stent that is able to adapt to the movement of the aorta during the cardiac cycle. Unlike other AVR options, its implantation method involves collapsing the valve prior to insertion to improve visibility for the surgeon during surgery.
"We are pleased with the outcome of the case," Dr. Dewan said. "As a new option for surgical aortic valve replacement, the Perceval sutureless valve helps reduce the complexity of this procedure by optimizing the speed and efficiency of the surgery while providing a reduced risk of post-operative complications and a faster recovery for the patient."
Compared to traditional surgical valves, Perceval valve procedures lead to shorter hospital stays, ventilation time reduction and less blood transfusion1. Perceval is designed for any patient who requires an AVR procedure, including complex cases.
It is estimated that 1.5 million Americans suffer from aortic stenosis and conditions in which the aortic valve—the main valve that controls blood flowing out of the heart—does not fully open. This is generally caused by a build up of calcium. Over time, the heart compensates by having the surrounding heart muscles thicken in order to push more blood out of a smaller opening. This can lead to chest pain, as well as blood backing up in the lungs. In the most severe cases, not enough blood makes it back into the brain and the rest of the body.
In January 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the Perceval valve, which is also available in Canada and Europe. The surgical procedures performed by Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons and other sites during the trial helped pave the way for FDA clearance of the Perceval valve.
Heart Hospital of Austin
Heart Hospital of Austin, located at 3801 North Lamar Boulevard, is part of St. David's HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation's highest presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership—in 2014 and recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Truven Health Analytics in January 2012. Additionally, Heart Hospital of Austin received the 2016 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals—and it received Healthgrades' 2016 America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ for the second consecutive year—in conjunction with its parent campus, St. David's Medical Center. Heart Hospital of Austin—one of the largest non-academic cardiovascular research sites in the world—is a 58-bed hospital with a comprehensive 24-hour emergency department, an advanced Executive Wellness Program, five operating rooms (ORs), including two hybrid ORs, three catheterization labs and two electrophysiology labs—all equipped with leading-edge technology and highly-specialized personnel. It is one of the highest performing cardiovascular facilities in the nation, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Heart Hospital of Austin has been named one of the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics for nine years and to Truven's list of 100 Top Hospitals for four years, in conjunction with St. David's Medical Center. For more information, please visit HeartHospitalofAustin.com.
Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons, PA
For over five decades, Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons (CTVS) has been proud to offer Central Texas the most specialized and innovative cardiothoracic, vascular, and pediatric surgical care available. The most sophisticated diagnostic and surgical techniques are provided by 25 CTVS surgeons from offices in Central Austin, Williamson County, Hays County, and all area hospitals. Individually and collectively, CTVS surgeons have amassed a record of medical "firsts" in Central Texas, including performing the first heart and kidney transplants in the area. Since 1958, the surgeons along with the clinical team of physician assistants, nurses, and technicians, have shared a commitment to patients, their health and the community. To learn more about Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgeons, please call 512-459-8753 or visit us online at www.ctvstexas.com.
1. Santarpino et al., Ann Thorac Surg 2013 Jul; 96(1):77-81.
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