LIMA — Two Lima-area residents underwent Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center’s first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures Tuesday.
Dean Noffsinger, 92, of Elida, and Lois Edgington, 72, of Cairo, underwent TAVR Tuesday in an effort to replace their faulty heart valves.
TAVR treats aortic stenosis, a heart condition that occurs when the aortic valve becomes narrow and does not open properly to allow blood to flow, according to a news release.
This procedure does not require surgeons to open a patient’s chest to gain access to the heart. Surgeons can finish the procedure in less than an hour with a two-day hospital stay.
The procedure is done in the cardiac catheterization lab, a hybrid operating room that converts into an operating room.
After the surgery, Noffsinger recovered in the Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit for one night and was moved to the Coronary Care Step Down Unit on Wednesday.
“When you got a problem, you got to fix it,” Noffsinger stated in a news release. “They did [the surgery] Tuesday morning and I’m ready to go home today. I think everybody did an exceptional job.”
By Thursday morning he was more than ready to go home and told his doctor he was feeling “really good,” according to a news release.
Edgington, who also spent a night in the ICU and another in the cardiac unit, also had a pleasant experience.
“They explained everything to me,” stated Edgington in a news release. “I didn’t even have to ask a bunch of questions. They went through it all so I felt better about it. I feel great. I wish I would have done this a long time ago.”
Tuesday’s procedure was the region’s first two minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement, according to a news release. The medical center has scheduled more than a dozen TAVR surgeries for the upcoming weeks.
“This is brand new to the whole region,” stated Mercy Health-St. Rita’s interventional cardiologist and TAVR surgeon Dr. Sandeep Patel in a news release. “We are giving these patients a fully functioning heart valve when they may not have been candidates for it in the past because of health or age. They will now be able to experience a quality of life that they couldn’t have had before.”
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