New Technology Eases Heart Valve Replacement Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Published: Aug 18, 2010 -- Doctors with the Vanderbilt Pediatric Heart Institute have performed Tennessee's first procedures to replace heart valves without open-heart surgery. The technique, called transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement, uses new technology to position the heart valve into place using a catheter placed in the vein of the leg and then up into the heart where it is deployed.

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