Pulmonary Heart Valve Replacement with the Medtronic Melody™ 

The Medtronic Melody™ transcatheter valve replaces a leaky or narrow pulmonary valve in the heart. The implant itself is made from a portion of a cow’s vein, with a wire frame to support.

MelodyTM valve procedure

The Medtronic Melody™ transcatheter valve and delivery system can be implanted with a catheter, making for a less invasive medical treatment. During the procedure, a catheter (thin, hollow tube) is inserted into a vein and directed to the heart. It is then attached with an inflated balloon that expands the valve into place and allows it to pump blood to the heart. 

MelodyTM valve replacement: preparation and risks

Your child may need to avoid food, drink, or certain medications before the procedure. Possible risks include bleeding, infection, and heart problems such as rupture, rapid heart rate, and artery perforation. 

Pulmonary heart valve replacement with the MelodyTM at Nicklaus Children's Hospital

Our top notch cardiologists are experts in pediatric valve replacement and specially trained in the placement of these devices. At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, we are devoted to the comprehensive care of each patient, ensuring your child gets the treatment they need using the most innovative techniques to care for your child. 


Reviewed by: Lourdes Rosa Prieto, MD

This page was last updated on: 6/21/2019 1:28:22 AM

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