For some children with abnormal pulmonary valve function, such as a severe narrowing (stenosis) or leakage (insufficiency), Children’s now offers the Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve therapy. The procedure replaces the pulmonary valve so blood moves easily from the heart to the lungs, without leaking back into the heart. The valve is placed using a catheter that is guided into the heart from a vein in the leg or neck.
While the Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve cannot be used in all cases of abnormal pulmonary valve function, it can give doctors an alternative to traditional open-heart procedures. If your child has abnormal pulmonary valve function, talk to his cardiologist about whether this therapy may be able to help.
Children’s is the only pediatric hospital in Georgia offering this procedure. Until now, abnormal pulmonary valve function could only be repaired by replacing the pulmonary valve through open heart surgery, which meant a longer recovery time, both in the hospital and at home. With the Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve therapy, a child will typically be able to get back to his usual life in just a couple of days.
Watch the story of Phillip Reiter, one of the first patients to receive this technology in Georgia, to see how the procedure is giving his family new hope.
Watch the video below to see how the valve is implanted and how it helps the heart function.