‘Mitral clip’ surgery now available at Greenslopes Private Hospital
Jul 02, 2021
Brisbane residents suffering from heart failure, who may not be suitable for open heart surgery, now have access to a new treatment option at Greenslopes Private Hospital.
Mitral clip surgery is a procedure that can be done through a patient’s leg to repair a leaking mitral valve (one of the heart’s four valves). Previously the only option to treat the condition was open heart surgery, which can be too risky for some patients.
Cardiologist Dr Roland Hilling-Smith performed the first mitral clip procedure at Greenslopes in June, and said it was an exciting development for the hospital.
“This is the way of the future and it’s important that Greenslopes Private is part of that frontier to be offering the full range of cardiac care. It’s a wonderful advancement because it’s opened up the possibility of treatment for people who didn’t previously have that option,” Dr Hilling-Smith said.
“The patients recover incredibly well from the procedure. They’re usually only in hospital for two days and then back home, their heart is beating better, they’re on fewer tablets and they’re not going to keep coming back to hospital with heart failure.
“It improves their independence and quality of life and they may be able to stay out of nursing homes for longer. For the patient and their families, that’s incredibly important,” he said.
Chief Executive Officer Chris Went said Greenslopes was proud to be investing in new technology to expand the cardiac services available to patients.
“Greenslopes Private Hospital has 18 years’ experience in cardiac surgery and it’s important for us to continue to stay at the forefront of technology and offer our community the full range of cardiac care, close to home,” Ms Went said.
“Our cardiovascular suites undertake more elective and urgent cases than any other private hospital on Brisbane’s southside and we’re very proud of the incredible work that our specialists, nurses and theatre staff provide to give patients exceptional care”.
Greenslopes Private Hospital’s Coronary Care Unit has 29 private rooms for patients to recover in a comfortable, modern and peaceful environment. For more information visit www.greenslopesprivate.com.au/Our-Services/Cardiac-Care