27 September 2016
New catheter technology has been employed to repair a leaky tricuspid valve by a team of Swiss surgeons, showing the potential benefits of this minimally invasive treatment approach.
A team from University Hospital Zurich have successfully implanted a Cardioband catheter in a 75-year-old patient. This innovative and low-impact method of repairing leaky mitral valves in the left atrium of the heart offers a safer alternative to open heart surgery.
It can be used to tighten a leaky valve annulus by being placed around the valve opening with the help of a catheter, secured with small anchors and tightened using a wire until the valve closes fully again.
Professor Francesco Maisano, director of University Hospital Zurich's department of cardiac and vascular surgery, said: "The Cardioband is a minimally invasive therapy which does not require the use of a heart-lung machine, reducing the impact on the patient and lowering the risk. Now, even patients previously thought to be inoperable can be treated."
The same team was previously responsible for the first use of the Cardioband within Switzerland to repair a mitral valve, with Professor Maisano playing a key role in the development of the Cardioband.
Posted by Edward Bartel
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