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Heart Surgeon Extends Life of Obstetrician Who Gave Him Life

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Cardiac Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Women's Services | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO — Longtime Sutter Memorial Hospital obstetrician Jim Affleck, M.D., is very grateful to have delivered little Bobby Kincade 45 years ago. Because last month, Sutter heart surgeon Robert Kincade, M.D., assisted in the implantation of a new valve that should extend Dr. Affleck’s life by many years.

James Affleck, M.D., right, shows off a model of a TAVR, a new valve implanted in his heart. At left is Robert Kincade, M.D., whom Dr. Affleck delivered 40 years previously. Dr. Kincade was co-surgeon in the operation that extended Dr. Affleck's life.

James Affleck, M.D., right, shows off a model of a TAVR, a new valve implanted in his heart. At left is Robert Kincade, M.D., whom Dr. Affleck delivered 40 years previously. Dr. Kincade was co-surgeon in the operation that extended Dr. Affleck’s life.

Dr. Affleck delivered nearly 4,000 Sacramento-area babies in his 35-year career as an OB/GYN at Sutter Memorial Hospital, considered by locals as “Sacramento’s baby hospital” where nearly 350,000 babies have been born since 1937. After meeting Dr. Affleck in the Sutter Valve Clinic at Sutter Memorial Hospital, Dr. Kincade called his mom to find out who delivered him. She said it was Dr. Affleck, and Dr. Kincade found his birth certificate to confirm it.

Dr. Kincade is the medical director of the Sutter Transplant and Advanced Therapies Programs, located at Sutter Memorial Hospital, where he was born. Dr. Kincade has been instrumental in bringing many new, groundbreaking heart devices and therapies that save and extend the lives of patients in heart failure, stenosis and other life-threatening diseases.

The new valve implanted in the 83-year-old Dr. Affleck by Dr. Kincade and David Roberts, M.D., medical director of the Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute, is a transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR. It is used in older patients and others who may be too weak to have an open-chest surgery. It has saved the lives of many area residents since it was FDA-approved in 2012.

TAVR, a minimally invasive surgical procedure, repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve. Instead, it uses a catheter to the right spot and wedges a replacement valve into the aortic valve’s place.

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Cardiac Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Women's Services | 0 comments