Queensland-first surgery on a heart failure patient

October 19, 2020

A team of cardiologists and their colleagues at The Wesley Hospital have successfully performed a new minimally invasive surgery to treat a leaking mitral valve.

GenesisCare cardiologists Dr Anthony Camuglia and Professor Greg Scalia performed the non-invasive heart surgery at The Wesley Hospital in September.

Cardiologist Dr Anthony Camuglia said a new technique allowed for the replacement of the mitral valve through a vein in the leg without the need to open the patient’s chest.

“The results of this surgery could literally be life-changing for hundreds of Queenslanders with mitral valve disease.”

Watch the Nine News clip on this life-saving procedure.

Dr Greg Scalia said the surgery which is part of a world first trial, is a major step forward in heart care treatment globally.

“Heart failure with mitral disease is a serious medical condition, with patients suffering severe breathlessness and poor quality of life, as well as a high risk of death.”

“We are excited to see where the rest of the study leads us, and we are confident that it will deliver important findings to improve outcomes for patients with mitral valve disease.”

General Manager of The Wesley Hospital Mr Sean Hubbard said The Wesley Hospital’s expert cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and imaging specialists are proud to be leading the way with this state-first surgery.

“Our Structural Heart Program offers access to the latest research and innovations, so that we can focus on lower risk and better outcomes for our patients, like Mr Hodges.”

Find out more about The Wesley Hospitals Structural Heart Disease program.

The Wesley Hospital is proudly part of UnitingCare.