St. Paul’s Hospital is celebrating a milestone in a medical procedure it pioneered a decade ago.
The procedure allows for the replacement of a patient’s heart valve, without open heart surgery, by using a catheter.
The procedure is relatively painless, patients recover quickly, and many remain awake for the entire procedure. They are also able to go home one day after the operation.
Today, the hospital performed that surgery for the 1,000th time, live on video to a large gathering of medical specialists in downtown Vancouver.