Bradenton, FL – The cardiology team at Blake Medical Center has successfully performed the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in Manatee County. The procedure is designed to replace a patient’s diseased aortic valve without traditional open-heart surgery, using a first-of-its-kind artificial heart valve.

Blake Medical Center is among a select group of hospitals in the United States to treat patients with the recently approved Edwards SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve. The Edwards device received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in November 2011.

Prior to the advent of TAVR, there was no definitive treatment option for patients who were unable to undergo surgical aortic valve replacement therapy – the gold standard treatment for most adult patients with severe aortic stenosis. Many patients are not treated because they are not a candidate for surgery, have not received a definitive diagnosis, or because they delay or decline the procedure for a variety of reasons. TAVR opens up a new option for these patients.

The Blake Medical Center physician team that successfully performed the TAVR procedure included cardiovascular and thoracic surgeons Alessandro Golino, MD and Richard Peterson, MD; interventional cardiologists Gino Sedillo, MD, Srinivas Iyengar, MD and Enrique Rivera, MD; and anesthesiologist Tobias Gibson, MD.

"A multi-disciplinary team, led by cardiothoracic surgeons, interventional cardiologists, anesthesiologists, nurses and staff, are bringing the highest level of heart care to our community," said Daniel Friedrich, president and chief executive officer at Blake Medical Center. "We are proud to have been chosen among a select group of hospitals to begin performing this groundbreaking procedure.”

To accommodate TAVR procedures, Blake Medical Center constructed a new, 2,800 square-foot hybrid interventional operating room. The expansive operating room offers physicians advanced, state-of-the-art technology to perform leading-edge procedures.

For more information about the TAVR procedure, please call Blake Medical Center’s Community Relations Department at (941) 798-6540.