Structural Heart Team performs pioneering heart valve operation

12-04-2018

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The Wesley Hospital has become the first private hospital in Brisbane to repair a leaking mitral valve using the innovative MitraClip system.

The minimally invasive procedure was performed on Tuesday by the Structural Heart Team, comprising Dr Sam Hayman, Associate Professor Gregory Scalia, Dr Anthony Camuglia and Dr Terri Hall.

A type of keyhole surgery, the MitraClip system is an excellent alternative for patients with mitral heart valve disease who cannot undergo open heart surgery.

The new procedure complements The Wesley Hospital’s minimally invasive structural heart disease program, which now includes:

  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair (MitraClip, MAVERIC annuloplasty) for mitral valve disease.
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement/implantation (TAVR/TAVI) for aortic valve disease.
  • Atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect and paravalvular leak closure.

The hospital’s comprehensive quaternary cardiac care includes a mature open cardiac surgical program complemented by interventional cardiology and supported by a rich clinical outreach network across Queensland.

The hospital also has a well established coronary interventional program that includes complex and high-risk angioplasty, along with a cardiac research program.