Jewish Hospital offering new heart treatment alternative


by Brooke Katz

Posted on January 22, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 22 at 7:36 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Jewish Hospital is marking a medical milestone in heart treatment becoming the first state to offer trans-catheter aortic valve replacement.

Aortic stenosis, a common condition among the elderly, leads to heart failure if the valves do not function properly.

83-year-old Kenneth Hailey suffers from the condition and because of his age had limited options including open heart surgery which he didn’t want.

“They told me I could do the procedure but I didn’t want that. It took about 6 months of doing nothing,” Hailey said.

The new method means faster recovery time instead of weeks in the hospital.

With the new treatment, most just end up staying on an average of two to three days.

The group of Jewish Hospital doctors working on this does around 40 procedures and feels this is highly successful for patients who qualify.

Doctors say this new procedure is nothing short of groundbreaking.

“I’ve been doing cardiology since 1975 and so far in my career, this is the biggest thing to happen,” cardiologist Dr. Naresh Solanki said.

The surgery has two ways of working – going through the groin or making a small incision in the chest.

“We use catheters and wires to put a new valve in the old diseased one,” cardiac surgeon Matthew Williams said.

Haley says feels better after having the surgery.

“I don’t have any pain from it and I didn’t know anything about it when I done it,” he said.

Doctors say the follow up appointment is the nicest because weeks after the procedure, they look like a new person.