Wesley Healthcare
March 28, 2017

WICHITA – Medical professionals at Wesley Medical Center have implanted Kansas’ first EDWARDS INTUITY Elite valve system, a rapid deployment device for surgical aortic valve replacement, adding to Wesley’s ever growing cardiovascular services program.

The procedure was led by Sanjay Khicha, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon with Wichita Surgical Specialists.

Incorporating innovations from transcatheter heart valves (TAVR), the Elite valve system is designed to facilitate minimally invasive surgery and streamline complex aortic valve replacements, thereby offering a leading-edge treatment for patients with aortic valve disease.

“Cardiothoracic surgery has had major technology advances in its field over the last several years,” Khicha said. “This new device reduces the number of steps involved to implant or replace a heart valve, allowing surgeons to use smaller, less invasive incisions, causing less blood loss and promoting faster recovery for the patient.”

There are generally two options to treat valvular heart disease: one is to repair the native valve, and the other is to replace the native valve with a prosthetic valve. Over time native and prosthetic valves may need to be replaced due to disease, damage or the valve not working properly. The Elite rapid-deployment system is designed to enhance the ease of valve implantation or replacement through small incisions using three guiding sutures as opposed to traditional surgical valves that require 12 – 15 sutures.  Incisions are made between the ribs or a smaller breastbone incision whereby the surgeon can repair or replace the valve.

 “Valve replacements and repair can now be done so much simpler and quicker,” Khicha said.

According to an article published in the journal of American College of Cardiology, aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve opening) is the most common valvular heart disease in developed countries. Aortic stenosis mainly affects older people and is anticipated to become a major health concern in coming years due to the aging population.