First MitraClip™ procedure performed using the all-in-one VersaCross™ Transseptal Solution
Lankenau Medical CenterOctober 7, 2019News Releases
Baylis Medical recently announced the successful first MitraClip™ procedure performed using the VersaCross™ Transseptal Solution. Performing the first MitraClip procedure using the VersaCross solution was Dr. William Gray, system chief of cardiovascular diseases for Main Line Health, and president, Lankenau Heart Institute, in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.
The VersaCross solution is the world’s first all-in-one left-heart access device featuring an atraumatic RF-tipped pigtail wire. The device is designed to achieve left-heart access with controlled precision while reducing the number of exchanges throughout the procedure by serving as an exchange wire once access is achieved.
“Structural heart procedures requiring transseptal approaches demand a very precise puncture location to optimize therapy delivery. Traditionally, this requires the use of multiple devices in a step-wise method,” said Dr. Gray. “If the optimal location is not achieved on first-pass, we are required to return to the starting point, which involves the time consuming and potentially riskier reintroduction of multiple devices. This new device enables a novel technique which minimizes the need for exchanges and streamlines transseptal access while achieving the optimal puncture location.”
The puncture wire features Baylis’ signature RF puncture technology, which aims to facilitate smooth and precise transseptal procedures. The VersaCross solution also includes the first shapeable sheath and dilator, further allowing transseptal punctures to occur at the optimal location on the septum. The VersaCross solution has a sturdy 0.035” exchange rail, eliminating the need for additional devices to achieve reliable delivery of large sheaths. It facilitates efficient transseptal procedures by reducing the overall number of device exchanges.
“The VersaCross solution serves transseptal procedures from start to finish, by combining a versatile wire and sheath with the precision of Baylis’ RF puncture technology,” said Robert Harrison, director of research and development, cardiology at Baylis Medical. “It is a true embodiment of the Baylis mandate to provide physicians with meaningful advancements in transseptal access, for the sake of improved patient care.”
The VersaCross platform is also available in a J-tip wire and can be paired with a range of sheaths tailored to individual needs. The device is expected to commercially launch early 2020.
About Main Line Health
Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health's commitment—to deliver advanced medicine for treating and curing disease, playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to be the region's premier choice for clinical care, research, and education. A team of more than 10,000 employees, 3,000 nurses and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health System.
At Main Line Health's core are four of the region's most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation's premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.
Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region's largest multispecialty physician networks.
Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care, and service, including U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, System Magnet® designation; the nation's highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect, equity, and inclusion, has proudly received awards in this area and has embraced the American Hospital Association's #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education, and research to help patients stay healthy and live their best lives.
The Lankenau Heart Institute is Main Line Health's premier, comprehensive cardiovascular medicine and surgery program. Lankenau Heart Institute brings together the clinical expertise of all four Main Line Health acute care hospitals and community cardiology practices to ensure that patients receive a level of quality, service, and experience that is unprecedented in the region. Through the system-wide coordination of services, Lankenau Heart Institute delivers preventive, diagnostic, therapeutic, and rehabilitative cardiovascular services at each of our locations including Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital.
Lankenau Heart Institute continues to be an innovator in the use of beating-heart techniques and robotic-assisted procedures for coronary artery revascularization, minimally invasive and transcatheter approaches for valve repair and replacement, complex aortic surgery and heart rhythm disorders. With our growing experience and focus on minimally invasive techniques, Lankenau Heart Institute has expanded participation in clinical trials year over year. Our physicians are frequently invited to participate in clinical/medical device trials, many of these designed to facilitate and expand the use of minimally invasive approaches and procedures.
With a collaborative team of expert consultative cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and specially trained advance practice nurses and technologists, Lankenau Heart Institute is dedicated to managing and treating patients with simple to complex cardiovascular disease, including heart failure, aortic disease, coronary and peripheral vascular disease, heart rhythm disorders and valve disease. Our team of cardiologists and cardiac specialists provide patients and their families with expert cardiac care, close to home.