Canine Catheter Heart Surgery: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in a Dog

You would think that heart surgery on a dog is fancy enough concept. It gets better–heart surgery on a dog using a catheter.

Sabbath is a 7-year-old Malamute. He was suffering from heart failure and would have died. But now he has a new heart valve.

Canine Catheter Heart Surgery: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in a Dog

Instead of open-heart surgery, the procedure is performed by the use of a flexible tube that can be inserted through a narrow opening–using an artery in the dog’s leg in this case.

The veterinarians at the Colorado State University, with the assistance of UCHealth, have used this technique to replace a damaged heart valve.

Sabbath, the lucky patient, was suffering from congestive heart failure after an infection damaged one of his heart valves. An open-heart surgery would have been too risky.

This was the first time a dog received this surgery. Sabbath’s heart now works properly and he has a clean bill of health.

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Colorado State veterinarian successfully replaces dog’s heart valve using catheter

Categories: Alternative treatmentsConditionsHeart diseaseTranscatheter aortic valve replacement

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