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New aortic valve replacement at Mercy Health St. Rita's

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Mercy Health St. Rita’s now offers an alternative to open-chest surgery for replacing valves in the heart called the transcatheter aortic valve replacement, the procedure is a less invasive way of replacing damaged heart valves. Mercy Health St. Rita’s now offers an alternative to open-chest surgery for replacing valves in the heart called the transcatheter aortic valve replacement, the procedure is a less invasive way of replacing damaged heart valves.
So far only two patients have gone through the procedure, but the hospital has 16 more scheduled to happen over the next 5 months. So far only two patients have gone through the procedure, but the hospital has 16 more scheduled to happen over the next 5 months.

Mercy Health St. Rita’s is now offering a new, less intrusive procedure to replace aortic valves. 

Mercy Health St. Rita’s now offers an alternative to open-chest surgery for replacing valves in the heart called the transcatheter aortic valve replacement, the procedure is a less invasive way of replacing damaged heart valves.

“We have a procedure that can go through your groin like a cathardization and get a valve into your heart without having to put a breathing tube in you, cut your chest open. So you basically can get a fully functional heart valve, never have open heart surgery and be back on your feet within a week,” explained Dr. Sandeep Patel, Interventional Cardiologist.

The procedure is currently just for patients who would be considered an immediate risk for open-chest surgery, making the better candidates those with other medical conditions or people in their 70’s or older. Like 72-year-old Lois Edgington of Cairo, who has experienced heart issues for the past two years.

“I started having problems in 2016 and it’s just gradually went from using two units of oxygen to using five,” said Lois Edgington, second patient to undergo the procedure at St. Rita’s.

Just two days after undergoing the TAVR procedure, she’s already experienced improvements in her condition.

“I don’t have the pain and I got the oxygen on but it’s just till I get weened off of it more or less,” said Lois Edgington.

92-year-old Dean Noffsinger of Elida was the first patient to receive the procedure at St. Rita's. His recovery has also been going well. He says he wasn’t nervous about trying the alternative process because he trusted the doctors knew what they were doing.

“I’m feeling good, I don’t have any pain. It’s something you don’t want to have to do but if you have a problem I figure you just have to let the doctors do their thing and we came out really well,” said Dean Noffsinger, the first patient to undergo the procedure at St. Rita's.

Adding the procedure to the list of services offered at the hospital is a game changer, not only for St. Rita’s but for people across the region.

“For Lima and the 80 to 100-mile radius, we’re the only center that provides this benefit. We’re able to do this for you from the time we see you to the time you get the procedure done within 3-4 weeks,” said Dr. Sandeep Patel.

So far only two patients have gone through the procedure, but the hospital has 16 more scheduled to happen over the next 5 months.

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