St. Paul’s patients the world’s first to undergo new type of heart-valve surgery

A St. Paul’s Hospital cardiac surgeon has pioneered and performed a minimally invasive surgery on patients with serious heart-valve issues, eliminating the need for open-heart surgery and leading to quicker recuperation.

Over two days in mid-January, Dr. Cheung successfully implanted a device known as a transcatheter tricuspid valve into four elderly, high-risk patients with tricuspid regurgitation (TR) – the first people in the world to undergo the surgery.

Dr. Cheung inserted the valve, guided into position with a tube, or catheter, through the jugular vein on the right side of the neck. Each procedure lasted under two hours, with the implant itself taking less than 15 minutes.