The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Calderon Guardia Hospital unveiled a new breakthrough in surgery: a novel method of heart valve replacement.

This type of surgery can be performed on patients who have a blockage in the valve and who cannot have open-heart surgery due to other health conditions.

This operation is performed through a small incision in the thigh, where a special valve is fed through the femular artery leading to the heart.

According to the director of the medical center, Dr. Eduardo Lopez, two such procedures have been performed and are the first to be performed in Central America and the Caribbean.

“With great satisfaction we can report that last month we had two of these special procedures.  This is very new, and we have had very good results and we plans for five upcoming procedures,” said Dr. Lopez.

“An opportunity to live a little more”

Francisco Segura Emilio Villegas, 74, is one of the first beneficiaries and he now has a new lease on life.

“I have to thank God, my situation was very difficult.  At all times I was having problems; I had to stop and sit about six times while walking 100 meters, but now that distance is nothing for me. This is an opportunity to live a little more,” expressed Segura, a resident of Guadalupe.

This life changing surgery only takes about two hours.

Cardiovascular disease is very common in the population, especially after 50 years of age.

A surgery of this type has a value of $35,000 per patient and is performed on people older than 70 years, most of the time.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica