Structural Heart Program [New in 2019]
On June 27, 2019, Advocate Good Shepherd performed their first Transcatheter Aortic Valve Procedure. This procedure is a non-surgical option for patients with aortic valve disease. The procedure has less pain since there is not a surgical incision, a shorter recovery period, and shorter hospital stay. Many patients are able to go home the next day after the procedure.
Advocate Good Shepherd hospital has also added Carotid Stenting and Mitral Valvuloplasty as well in 2019. Carotid artery stenting is a procedure in which a Cardiologist inserts a slender, metal-mesh tube, called a stent, which expands inside your carotid artery to increase blood flow in areas blocked by plaque.
Mitral Vavuloplasty also known as balloon valvuloplasty is a procedure to repair a heart valve that has a narrowed opening. A balloon is inflated to stretch the valve open and relieve the valve obstruction. The procedure, which takes up to four hours, is performed in a cardiac catheterization laboratory that has a special x-ray machine and an x-ray monitor that looks like a regular TV screen.
Advocate Good Shepherd hospital has a comprehensive Cardiovascular Program that includes, the structural heart program, Cardiac Testing, Interventional Cardiology services, Open Heart Surgery, Peripheral Vascular Interventions, Vascular Surgery, Congestive Heart Failure Clinic, and a Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.