Patient Success Stories

Patient care that sets us apart

At Henry Ford Health System, our experienced cardiologists help people who have been turned away from other heart centers. Through advanced research, we develop innovative treatments that bring hope to our patients with any kind of structural heart disease—no matter how serious.

One of the most advanced techniques we use is transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Our medical director at the Center for Structural Heart Disease, William W. O’Neill, M.D., performed the first TAVR procedure in the United States. Together with Adam Greenbaum, M.D., co-director of the Center, and other members of the team, Dr. O’Neill developed a new way to access the aortic valve called the transcaval approach. Learn more about transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and the transcaval approach—available only at Henry Ford.

Our experts in structural heart disease work together to understand the condition and your overall health. We bring together expertise from several specialties to customize a treatment plan specifically for you. Read on to see how we helped these patients regain their best possible health through TAVR.

Dennis Stora

3D printing helped identify exactly where the leak in Stora’s aortic valve was and how to best approach repairing it.

 

Andy Smith

One of the youngest TAVR patients in the U.S. needed a replacement for a worn-out mechanical valve that had been replaced with open-heart surgery years before.

 

Viola Waller

Our heart team used a new approach that they had created, the transcaval approach, to replace a failing aortic valve for this great-grandmother.

 

Robert Hanselman

Our physicians used advanced 3D printing and a minimally invasive technique to replace this man’s mitral valve, saving his life.

 

Gurnith Crawford

This 95-year-old grandmother was able to attend her grandson’s wedding just 1 month after her minimally invasive TAVR procedure to replace a failing aortic valve.

 

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