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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

“Transcatheter aortic valve replacement is the most significant advancement in cardiology since coronary angioplasty.”

That’s what Lexington Medical Center cardiologist Dr. Robert Leonardi says about “TAVR,” a minimally invasive procedure that allows doctors to replace the heart’s aortic valve without open heart surgery.

In this video from WLTX, he explains TAVR.

Dr. Leonardi is one of the most experienced TAVR cardiologists in the Southeast and one of only a few fellowship-trained in transcatheter (non-surgical) valve procedures. A Greenville native, Dr. Leonardi earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He then completed an internal medicine residency at Duke University in Durham, N.C. and achieved board certification in this specialty. Dr. Leonardi finished his education with a cardiology fellowship at MUSC and fellowships in interventional cardiology and structural interventional cardiology at Emory University in Atlanta. He is also board certified in interventional cardiology and cardiovascular medicine.

By letting go of artificial boundaries between heart surgeons and interventional cardiologists, Lexington Medical Center is pleased to be using a collaborative, team-based approach to help patients with heart valve disease in our community. The team is made up of physicians from Lexington Cardiology and Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery. The hospital is proud to have performed the first fully percutaneous (no surgical incision) and first “awake” (without general anesthesia) TAVR procedures in South Carolina.

Dr. Leonardi is one of the 11 board-certified cardiologists at Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, dedicated to delivering the highest quality care in the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Pain in the Knee? Helpful Points for Your Joints

This month, Dr. David Lee of Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, an LMC physician practice, was a guest on WLTX to talk about knee problems. In the video below, he explains the anatomy of the knee and what factors lead to a patient needing knee replacement.

Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine offers comprehensive care for all of your orthopedic needs. You can learn more about the services the practice offers by visiting their website here.

Tonight’s the Night! Advances in Surgical Management of Thyroid Disease

Tonight, Dr. Melanie Seybt of Lexington ENT & Allergy, an LMC physician practice, will give a FREE physician lecture on thyroid disease at 6:00 p.m. inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium on the hospital campus.

She spoke about the topic on the below edition of our “Spotlight” segment on WLTX.