Sheffield health trust first in UK to offer pioneering heart surgery

Karen Tromans, mother of two, from heart surgery  using a new ground-breaking 3D camera system.
Karen Tromans, mother of two, from heart surgery using a new ground-breaking 3D camera system.

Patients who undergo heart surgery in Sheffield will recover much quicker after the city’s health trust started using ground-breaking new surgery.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the first health trust in the country to offer less invasive keyhole heart valve and atrial cardio fibrillation using a new 3D camera system.

The 3D technology allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive heart surgery, which often results in patients having improved surgical outcomes, a quicker recovery time and a shorter stay in hospital.

Karen Tromans, aged 39, from Hackenthorpe, was one of the first to benefit when she received mitral valve replacement surgery.

The mum-of-two said: “I am awe struck by the treatment I’ve had and the jaw dropping speed of my recovery. There has really been minimal incision. Before the surgery I struggled to get up the stairs but already I can climb stairs easily. I can’t believe I’m already returning to work just a couple of weeks after the surgery. “

Patients across Yorkshire and Humber region, including Sheffield , Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley and Chesterfield, will be among the first to benefit from the new procedure.

The surgery has been made possible thanks to support from Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

David Throssell, medical director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is fantastic news for patients in South Yorkshire as we can now offer 3D surgery to treat a number of cardiac conditions.

“We are very grateful to Sheffield Hospitals Charity and their supporters who have enabled this major development in patient care to happen.

“It will ensure that Sheffield remains as a leading centre of clinical care within the UK.”

Traditionally the surgery has been carried out by making a large chest incision but the new procedure allows surgeons to perform it through small incisions, meaning bleeding is minimised and patients go home after two days as opposed to an average of seven days.

The camera is 10 times more accurate than the human eye.

The operation takes less time than the traditional surgery and there is also a reduction in scarring and potentially less post-surgery complications.

The equipment will predominantly be used for patients who need mitral valve repair.