Local hospital makes milestone in surgery - WNEM TV 5

Local hospital makes milestone in surgery

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A hospital is reporting a milestone in surgery.

Covenant HealthCare of Saginaw performed its 100th transcatheter aortic valve replacement. The procedure uses a custom fit valve made from the membrane of a cow’s heart.

Rather than opening the chest and stopping the heart, surgeons position the valve in place using a catheter inserted through the groin.

Studies show recovery is quicker and patients go home earlier. 

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