WATCH: Danielle Nottingham has the story on Max Page’s tenth successful heart procedure.
Ten-year-old actor Max Page is probably best known for his role as the little Darth Vader in a Volkswagen commercial that aired during the 2011 Super Bowl.
But off set, he has served as an ambassador for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and is a champion for congenital heart disease awareness.
Max was born with a heart defect and had his first surgery at three-months-old. His tenth surgery was in July.
The young actor was recently diagnosed with a condition that narrowed the pulmonary valve he had implanted in 2012 during an open-heart surgery.
“I was feeling really tired. So even walking up a flight of stairs would wind me,” he told CBS LA.
Doctors determined that the valve had to be replaced, but wanted to avoid another major surgery.
Using a Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve, surgeons were able to replace the valve, using a stent, without resorting to open heart surgery.
WATCH: Doctors implant a Melody valve in Max’s heart
Max’s parents expressed amazement at the non-invasive nature of the procedure.
“To think he could go in and have a valve replacement surgery, walk out the next day inside 24 hours, not even 24 hours, with a band aid on his thigh and the medication was to take Tylenol,” said Max’s father Buck Page.
“It’s just revolutionary what they can do now and have the ability to do,” said his mother Jennifer Page. “It cuts our recovery time way down. It’s tremendous.”
Max says he feels great and wants to get back to being a “normal kid” again.
He will undergo his 11th surgery next month to replace his pacemaker.