McHenry Hospital Heart Team Completes First Minimally Invasive Valve Replacement in Area
Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital January 24, 2018
McHENRY, Ill. – On Tuesday, Jan. 23, a highly specialized team at Centegra Hospital-McHenry completed the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement in the McHenry County area.
TAVR is a minimally invasive treatment for patients with diseased heart valves who have been diagnosed with moderate to severe aortic stenosis.
“This is an advanced procedure that will change the lives of people who have diseased heart valves,” said Dr. Elizabeth Retzer, an interventional cardiologist at Centegra Physician Care who serves as medical director for the catheterization laboratory and TAVR for Centegra Hospital-McHenry. “Our heart team in McHenry is thrilled to be able to deliver this life-saving treatment to our high-risk heart patients.”
People who have aortic stenosis are not pumping blood throughout their bodies effectively. During TAVR, the cardiac team makes a small puncture in the patient's groin and uses small tubes called catheters and tiny instruments to replace a patient’s aortic valve, making it easier for their heart to pump blood. Retzer and Dr. Thomas J. Hinkamp, an independent cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon on the medical staff at Centegra, led the heart team during Tuesday’s procedure.
“Centegra Health System is committed to providing advanced cardiac procedures so our patients get the care they need, close to home,” said Rachel Sebastian, president of Centegra Hospital-McHenry. “This minimally invasive procedure reflects our team’s ability to provide the highest level of care right here in McHenry County.”