Led By Dr. Adams & Dr. Badhwar, Medtronic “Wet Lab” Offers Best Practices For Heart Valve Repair
Since launching this blog five years ago, I’ve been very fortunate to attend unique events related to heart valve surgery. Last Friday, I attended a Medtronic “Wet Lab” at the Mitral Conclave in New York City. As the pictures and videos below illustrate, this was a memorable experience.
Dr. Vinay Badhwar Moderates The Heart Valve Repair Wet Lab
During the 90-minute session, led by Dr. David Adams and Dr. Vinay Badhwar, an ordinary conference room in the Sheraton hotel was transformed into a medical laboratory. There, heart valve surgeons — from around the world — exchanged views and opinions about heart valve repair techniques using annuloplasty rings.
Over 20 Heart Valve Surgeons Participate In The Wet Lab
Needless to say, this was an extraordinary event as 20+ surgeons used pig hearts to simulate the steps and processes required to improve valvular function using annuloplasty rings, including the Medtronic Tri-Ad Annuloplasty Ring.
As you can see in the video below, Dr. Vinay Badhwar, was the moderator of this session. I was fascinated by Dr. Badhwar’s discussion about the surgical approach and anatomical considerations for tricuspid valve repair.
While Dr. Badhwar moderated the session, Dr. Adams walked throughout the room discussing optimal techniques for heart valve repair.
Dr. David Adams, Program Director of The Mitral Conclave
Here’s a quick video of Dr. Adams discussing the use of annuloplasty rings implanted during heart valve repair.
So you know… Prior to this event, I did not know what a wet lab was. However, this session really extended my awareness to the “behind the scenes” care and extensive, ongoing training required for proper valve treatment.
Although I did not understand 90% of the language used during the session, I really appreciated this community of surgeons who came together to learn from and support each other.
Thanks to Dr. Adams, Dr. Badhwar and Medtronic for providing us inside access to this special event.
Keep on tickin!
Adam Pick is a patient, author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery and the founder of HeartValveSurgery.com.