Wayne B. Batchelor, M.D., Associate Director of Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, discusses the latest advancements in less invasive techniques for treating pulmonary regurgitation.
Batchelor, an associate director of Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, discusses the latest advancements in less invasive techniques for treating severe pulmonary regurgitation (SPR).
SPR is a condition that affects one of the valves in the heart in patients often in their early part of life or are born into adulthood. SPR can also result from problems that develop during adulthood.
Batchelor recalled the challenges, historically affecting SPR, have been around treatment.
Treating this condition usually has required open heart surgery, which can be more invasive.
However, there are new developments that have made their way into the space over the last few years that offer less invasive techniques to fix pulmonary valves that are leaky.
One of the latest developments in the space is the Harmony TPV, or the Medtronic Harmony™ Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve, which Inova was granted as one of the first hospitals to use the tool in commercial settings after it was FDA approved.