First transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure performed in Montgomery County
CONROE, TX — Dr. Banerjee and his colleagues Dr. Maniscalco and Dr. Bassett, successfully performed the 1st 2 TAVR procedures in Montgomery County in May. Aortic stenosis is a common but serious cardiac problem that results in narrowing of the aortic valve leading to symptoms of chest pain, shortness of breath, and passing out. Until the last several years, the only way to replace the blocked heart valve was to perform open heart surgery, a successful but sometimes difficult and painful operation. Over the last several years, the TAVR procedure became available, allowing select patients to get the aortic valve replaced through an incision in the groin area like with a cardiac catheterization or stent procedure, allowing patients to have a much shorter recovery period, most often leaving the hospital 24 or 48 hours after the procedure.
The TAVR procedure was a “game changer” and revolutionized the treatment of aortic stenosis. However, for patients that were determined to be candidates in Montgomery County, the procedure could only be performed in the Texas Medical Center. That proved to be often times difficult for patients.
Memorial Hermann The Woodlands took the lead in offering the procedure in the area and partnered with Drs. Banerjee, Maniscalco, and Bassett to start the heart valve program there. The 1st TAVR procedures went very well and they are excited to continue the program for years to come.
A note from Scott Engle, MCPR Publisher:
As you may remember, Dr. Banerjee performed my heart stent procedure several years ago and I’ve done very well ever since.
Contact Dr. Banerjee at Healing Hearts Clinic for more information about the TAVR program at healingheartsclinic.com or 936-441-9680