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New Minimally Invasive Option to Open Heart Surgery

Media Contact Joe Poelker
Release Date: 10/24/2017 By St. Anthony's Medical Center

David Dobmeyer, MD

David Dobmeyer, MD, FACC, cardiologist
Leaky artificial heart valves, which can lead to heart failure, now can be repaired with a minimally invasive procedure that allows patients to avoid open heart surgery.
This month, St. Anthony’s performed its first transcatheter closure of a paravalvular leak, in which David Dobmeyer, MD, FACC, delivered mesh through a vein in the patient’s leg to the heart in order to seal the leak.
“This procedure is offered only sporadically across the country,” said Dr. Dobmeyer. “It represents one of the latest ways to improve patients’ lives with a lower risk and shorter recovery time.”
Bill Reagan received his artificial heart valve in 2014. He is one of the five to ten percent of valve replacement patients who experience a leak. For some of those patients, the leak will lead to heart failure or haemolytic anemia. Mr. Reagan suffered heart failure leading to the need to repair the leak.
Just two days after undergoing the repair, Mr. Reagan was ready to go home. He says he already felt much better than before the procedure and could noticeably breathe better.
“Bill showed immediate improvement. For patients like Bill, they can expect this repair to be durable and eliminate the leakage,” said Dr. Dobmeyer.
This procedure continues the advancement of less invasive alternatives to open heart surgery available at St. Anthony’s, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), MitraClip mitral valve repair and AngioVac blood clot removal.