Ochsner First In Region To Offer Non-Surgical Pulmonary Heart Valve Replacement
Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve Therapy offers children and adults with failing pulmonary valve conduits a revolutionary option for treating pulmonary valve conduit failure without open heart surgery.
Ochsner is the only hospital in Louisiana to offer this cutting-edge procedure.
About the Procedure
The Melody valve, the first FDA-approved device of its kind, is a tissue valve within a wire stent implanted in the cardiac catheterization lab.
It's being dubbed as a revolutionary advancement in heart care. Ochsner is now the first and only hospital in the state to complete what's called a transcatheter pulmonary heart valve replacement. Heart defects are the leading birth defects in the U.S., ranging from a hole in a heart to a poorly formed heart. About 25,000 babies with heart defects are born in the U.S. each year. The pulmonary valve is abnormal in many forms of congenital heart defects. This usually results in open heart surgery. But there is a new procedure being performed at Ochsner called the melody valve. This valve can be implanted without open heart surgery, resulting in fewer surgeries for the patient and a faster recovery time, as this is an outpatient procedure. The procedure can be performed on both children and adults.
Who is a candidate?
Both children and adults are candidates for this procedure. The Melody Valve is proving highly successful in managing patients’ conditions and delaying surgeries.
The Melody Valve allows:
- A non-surgical alternative to open-heart surgery for a congenital heart defect
- Shorter hospital stays with quicker discharge times
- Decreased number of operations for patients
- Improved quality of life for patients
Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Hwy.
New Orleans, LA 70121
How To Make An Appointment
To refer a patient, call 504-842-0391.
For additional information on the Melody Valve, visit the Medtronic website.
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