In the spring of 2018, UnityPoint Health – Trinity celebrated its 100th Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR, procedure. The first Quad Cities TAVR case was performed in 2016. The 100th procedure, like many prior, was performed by Dr. Bouyella Reddy and Dr. Param Singh of Cardiovascular Medicine, P.C., and Dr. Alyas Chaudhry of Cardiac Surgery Associates, S.C.
"We are proud to be the Quad Cities' premier heart care center. What we care about most is the health and wellness of the people we care for. This milestone is a testament to the quality of care we provide at UnityPoint Health – Trinity," said Kathy Pulley, Director of Cardiology Services.
"Reaching this milestone wouldn't be possible without the highly-skilled staff and physicians at UnityPoint Health and we thank them for their dedication to providing high-quality care to our patients."
The TAVR procedure offers hope for heart patients with inoperable aortic stenosis or failing heart valves, that are not candidates for surgical valve replacement.
According to Dr. Alyas Chaudhry, of Cardiac Surgery Associates, S.C., "TAVR has provided an alternative for people who may not have had other options."
"Having the ability to do the TAVR procedure gives us new choices to treat heart patients who were formerly inoperable or at high-risk for traditional valve surgery," said Dr. Bouyella Reddy of Cardiovascular Medicine, P.C. "Great strides have been made in less invasive techniques."
TAVR is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that repairs the damaged valve by placing a replacement valve into the aortic valve. Somewhat like a stent placed in an artery; this approach delivers a fully collapsible replacement valve to the valve site through a catheter.
TAVR procedures are performed in the Cardiac Cath Lab's Hybrid OR Suite at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Rock Island. Patients with severe aortic stenosis must qualify for TAVR based on the structural heart team evaluating them for any combination of comorbidities, frailty, and/or organ system compromises. The evaluation is based on guidelines set forth by CMS and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
To see if TAVR is right for you, please discuss available options with your physician. For general information, contact the Trinity Structural Heart Clinic at (309) 779-2858.