Breakthrough: Inserted through Artery Near Femur, Bionic Valve from Pig Can Help Avert Major Heart Surgery

Recent studies suggest that an implant that is a combination of a pig’s heart valve with a metallic frame can help patients with aortic regurgitation to avoid having major corrective surgery for the condition. The implant is considered minimally invasive surgery that can be completed in under an hour. Patients who have aortic regurgitation suffer from decreased oxygenation in the blood, which makes the person feel tired and fatigued more easily. They also get out of breath easily. The condition is caused by the heart’s exit valve that pumps blood out of the heart not properly closing. Without the valve completely closing, blood leaks into the heart, decreasing the effectiveness of the heart’s pumping system. The issue is generally seen with patients who have high blood pressure or as they get older. The only treatment for the condition for decades has been open heart surgery to fix the broken or faulty valve. Given the condition, this extensive surgery can be fatal because the patients are too frail to actually withstand such major surgery.

As of July 2022, the bionic valve has been implanted in several hundred patients, with close to 100% success in the treatment. The reason why it is minimally invasive is because surgeons make an incision at the femoral artery (near the groin), then the bionic valve is placed in a tube and moved through the body up to the heart. Surgeons use x-rays to monitor the progress of the tubs. Once they know that they have reached the valve, it is put in place. It is then adjusted to ensure that the valve properly fits so that it will work. Once surgeons know that the new valve is in place, the tube is removed.

To learn more, you can check out the full article at Breakthrough: Inserted through Artery Near Femur, Bionic Valve from Pig Can Help Avert Major Heart Surgery.

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