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Unique Bypass is Rare, New Treatment for People with Severe Aortic Valve Stenosis
Date:5/5/2009

Previously, sufferers had few options for this aggressive, deadly disease, but there's a promising new procedure being performed at Abington Memorial Hospital that's offering new hope for these patients.

Abington, PA (PRWEB) May 5, 2009 -- There's new hope for people with severe aortic valve stenosis at Abington Memorial Hospital where doctors are performing a procedure to bypass, rather than replace, the diseased aortic valve -- a procedure called aortic valve bypass (AVB). At Abington Memorial Hospital, the procedure has been performed four times.

Says V. Paul Addonizio, M.D., chief of Cardiac Surgery at Abington Memorial Hospital and surgical director of the Porter Institute for Valvular Heart Disease, "Aortic valve bypass is a minimally invasive procedure performed through an incision between the ribs. It avoids re-entering the heart through the sternum."

Unlike traditional valve surgery, during an aortic valve bypass procedure, the heart does not need to be stopped, a breastbone-splitting incision is altogether avoided, and cardiopulmonary bypass may not be necessary. Thus, aortic valve bypass can eliminate the potential risk of stroke and memory loss linked to the heart-lung machine.

"Particularly when operating on patients over 70 years of age, a gentle hand makes all the difference," says Mauric
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