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Healthier Me: The Melody Valve

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In Tuesday's Healthier Me, a new minimally invasive procedure piece of technology called the Melody Valve is making a big difference in the way doctors approach heart surgery.


The amazing piece of technology leaves nothing but a small dot on the patient's neck. The Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve, as it's known in full, comes from a the jugular vein of a cow, where it would normally prevent the backflow of blood as the cow grazes with its head down. 

In the new procedure, a surgeon inserts the valve via a small tube through the neck and into the heart; once the valve is in place, the surgeon inflates a balloon to expand its wire mesh collar, then deflates the balloon before pulling the wire back out.

Juan Olano, Clinical Specialist: "It's a platform that has changed, dramatically, the way we look at things, ...because, instead of having to do this in an absolutely invasive manner, we're going less and less invasive, [with all] the same safeguards that we've had up until now."

Another major benefit of using the Melody Valve is decreased patient downtime; most patients leave the hospital just two days after undergoing the procedure.

The procedure costs approximately $30,000.

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