It’s a new procedure that’s saving lives.
Just ask one Garrison man who’s lived to tell his story.
At age 17, Mike Wyant was diagnosed with diabetes.
Mike Wyant/Sanford Patient: “Diabetic nerve pain.”
One health problem lead to another.
He’s fought an uphill battle ever since.
Mike Wyant/Sanford Patient: “Neuropathy in my legs/kidney failed.”
A triple by-pass and 5 stents….
Mike Wyant/Sanford Patient: “Double transplant in 2005 kidney and pancreas.”
His list of health problems is never ending.
And then doctors realized his heart valve was wearing out…
Dr. Timothy Pansegrau, MD, Cardiovascular Surgeon: “Aortic stenosis is life threating when you develop it most patients die within a year or 2.”
They knew Mike wouldn’t live though an invasive open heart surgery.
So, Dr Pansegrau suggested something that’s only ever been done once before at Sanford Hospital. It was basically Mike’s only hope.
Mike Wyant/Sanford Patient: “Sign me up.”
August 30th, right after Mike’s 54th birthday he underwent a Transcatheter aortic valve replacement or TAVR — a new, simpler way of replacing the aortic valve in the heart.
Doctor don’t crack the chest, they go up through the groin.
Dr. Timothy Pansegrau, MD, Cardiovascular Surgeon: “Basically the valve is placed through the old valve then it self expands and opens up. Now you have a functioning valve and no longer have heart failure sympton.”
The surgery only took about an hour and half.
Mike Wyant/Sanford Patient “out the next day felt great, a lot less invasive procedure”
Dr. Pansegrau says this new procedure is a blessing — Mike thinks so to. It’s given him another chance at life.
Dr. Pansegrau says they’ve worked a year and half to bring TAVR to Sanford.
He’s especially excited for elderly high risk patients because it’s providing them a longer life.