Doctors at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital used an experimental transcaval approach in transcatheter aortic valve replacement to treat a patient "with no other options." The procedure, which involves accessing the abdominal aorta via a vein in a leg, was successful, and the patient has been released from the hospital. "The success of this new procedure may open a new route for transcatheter valve replacement," said Dr. William O'Neill, medical director of the hospital's Center for Structural Heart Disease and a SCAI fellow. O'Neill estimates the approach could benefit 25,000 to 50,000 Americans annually.
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