Los Robles Hospital 1st to Offer Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Replacement

The Cardiovascular Institute of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center recently became Ventura County’s only site approved by the Food and Drug Administration to replace failing aortic heart valves in high- and low-risk patients using a minimally invasive procedure rather than traditional open heart surgery.

The transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure—approved in 2011 for patients at high risk for conventional surgical aortic valve replacement and first performed at Los Robles Hospital in 2014 by Medical Director of Cardiac Services Dr. Vishva Dev—is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve. Instead, implanting a replacement valve into the aortic valve’s place via a catheter. Los Robles Hospital became the first hospital from Los Angeles to Northern California to offer the TAVR procedure.

Los Robles Hospital is currently participating in two valve replacement clinical trials: the Medtronic Low-Risk Trial, which aims to reveal outcomes of this minimally invasive alternative in low-risk patient populations, and the PORTICO IDE clinical trial, which looks at the new valve technology in high-risk populations.

“Our participation in these important clinical trials has the potential to revolutionize cardiovascular surgical practices,” says Dr. Gregory P. Fontana, Director of the Cardiovascular Institute of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. “The availability of this procedure to all patients means less-invasive and safer alternatives to those patients with aortic stenosis.”

The low-risk trial comes on the heels of data showing that patients who underwent TAVR demonstrated superior survival benefits compared to patients that underwent SAVR. Through collaboration with leading clinicians, researchers and scientists worldwide, Los Robles aims to provide evidence that could expand access to TAVR patients and benefit the field of cardiovascular treatments across the country.

“I had no hesitations about having this procedure, and think that it’s important that we keep in mind that with age we can’t always rely on symptoms,” said recent TAVR patient Charles Ullman. “I would strongly recommend approving this procedure for all patients.”

Learn more about Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center at LosRoblesHospital.com.