University of Colorado Hospital Pioneers New Minimally-Invasive Surgeries

Minimally invasive procedures continue to multiply and evolve through technological innovations.
July 30, 2014

Recently at University of Colorado Hospital, 88-year-old Geraldine “G.G.” Heyman of Aspen waited a little nervously for a surgeon to install a polyester-covered metal clip inside her heart to repair a leaky mitral valve. Later, surgeon John Carroll deployed a leak-stopping MitraClip through a catheter threaded through about 18 inches of vein in her leg. At this time the hospital is the only place in the region peforming this type of mitral valve repair.

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UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. With 24,000 employees, UCHealth includes 12 acute-care full-service hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.