McLeod celebrates TAVR anniversary
The valve clinic team of McLeod Regional Medical Center, along with the operating room staff, recently completed its 125h Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure.
The minimally invasive procedure, offered at McLeod since 2017, provides patients diagnosed with heart valve disease an opportunity to return to a quality of life they can enjoy.
To honor this milestone, the valve clinic team invited the 125 TAVR patients to a celebration at the McLeod Plaza on Oct. 21. One of the TAVR patients attending the event was George “Harold”
Liebenrood and his wife, Ann. Liebenrood had been experiencing shortness of breath, dizziness and low energy since the fall of 2018. He took his concerns to McLeod Cardiologist Dr. Anil Om. Om referred Liebenrood to the valve clinic team, which includes cardiothoracic surgeons Dr. Cary Huber and Dr. Robert Messier, interventional cardiologists Dr. Fred Krainin and Dr. Brian Blaker, anesthesiologists Dr. Daniel Fox, Dr. Kyle Johnson and Dr. Robert Savage, and Nurse Practitioner and McLeod Valve Clinic Coordinator Ryan Hill.
TAVR allows physicians to replace a patient’s diseased or damaged heart valve without removing the old valve.
“Before the TAVR procedure I could not work in my garden for any length of time without having to stop and rest,” said Liebenrood. “Now with my new heart valve, my energy level is back.”
“There are approximately 1,100 hospitals in the United States that have an open heart surgery program,” said Messier. “Of those, about 600 are offering the TAVR procedure.”
TAVR procedures are performed in the state-of-the-art Hybrid Operating Suite at McLeod Regional Medical Center. The second hybrid suite at McLeod, the operating room combines the medical expertise of interventional cardiologists and the surgical expertise of cardiothoracic surgeons with the most advanced heart technology available to perform TAVR.