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Cardiologists try a new, gentler approach to tricuspid valve replacement
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There’s an innovative new treatment for congestive heart failure patients who don’t respond well to medications—and it doesn’t involve open heart surgery. An investigational device called a transcatheter tricuspid valve replacement can be inserted through a small incision to repair or replace faulty heart valves. Scripps clinic cardiologists performed the first TTVR procedure in San Diego County in July 2022. Read more about it and the ongoing clinical trial here.

People who experience rotator cuff tears also have an innovative new treatment option. Rotator cuff tears have traditionally been repaired with complex shoulder surgery requiring weeks, even months, of recovery. However, a new balloon spacer implant can cushion the pain of a rotator cuff tear will less downtime. Learn more here.

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