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Ground Breaking Heart Surgery Performed for First Time In Australia

Cardiologists at the Royal Melbourne Hospital have performed the technique developed in the US. Dubbed the Basilica method it prevents coronary artery obstruction during transcatheter aortic valve replacement, a rare but often fatal complication.

The procedure has only been performed 100 times internationally and took lead surgeon Dr Matthew Brooks and his team two hours to complete.

The patient who had previously undergone heart surgery, had developed complications after a valve failed and resulted in leaking. In this case the coronary artery was too closely located to the leaking valve to attempt the traditional style of surgery.

Director of Cardiology, Associate Professor, Leeanne Grigg, “this procedure gives another option for patients, it’s really incredible and it’s great because it is the first in Australia and it’s very new worldwide, with only 100 known cases done, this is really early on and has big potential,” A/Prof Leeanne Grigg said.

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