Fort Walton Beach, Fl — Fort Walton Beach Medical Center's Heart Center recently completed the first minimally invasive suture less aortic valve replacement in the tri-county area. The surgery was performed on a 62-year-old male last week. Aortic Valve Rapid deployment is a benefit of the suture less valve, in patients who have multiple comorbidities, or poor left ventricular function.

The use of the suture less valve in high and intermediate risk patients reduces overall surgical time thereby reducing the risks of postoperative complications. This technology has been compared to TAVR, showing lower paravalvuar leaks, and stroke rates seen in Transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

The advantages of the new Suture Less Valve replacement include:

  • Minimally invasive incision, small Rt. Thoracotomy
  • This technology requires less sutures (4 compared to15 to 18 permanent sutures)
  • Faster surgical procedure, the valve is placed in the anulas and a balloon is used to expand the valve in position to prevent leakage around the newly implanted valve

This new technology is available for patients diagnosed with valvular heart disease. Valvular Heart is a condition that occurs when the heart valve fails to open and close properly. This condition can be serious, preventing the heart to pump adequate amounts of blood throughout the body. This is a progressive condition that goes many times unnoticed, symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, fainting spells. The slow progressive nature of this disease goes unchecked until the valve becomes severely compromised. Replacing the valve is the only treatment. "Having this technology at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is another way we provide the community with a high-quality option for Cardiac Care without leaving the area", states Mitch Mongell, CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.