Cape Town is internationally know for heart surgery.
We are fast approaching the 50th Anniversary of the worlds first heart transplant that took place in 1967. It was recently announced that a team of surgeons have perfected heart valve surgery.
This means that patients who live in low cost areas and don't have access to open heart surgery could receive the procedure.
We have millions of patients suffering from dramatic heart disease who have no access to open heart surgery. Without surgery they will die.— Professor Peter Zilla, Head of the Christiaan Barnard Department for Cardiothoracic Surgery
This revolutionary technique of performing heart valve surgery means that the operation can be done without the need to rely on heart valve centres. There is no need for advanced technology, high-level expertise and expensive resources, says Professor Zilla.
We have simply founded a point where it doesn't need all this equipment and where a good general surgeon can do it.— Professor Peter Zilla, Head of the Christiaan Barnard Department for Cardiothoracic Surgery
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This article first appeared on 702 : Local surgeons perfect heart valve surgery