Colorado State University is developing a surgical treatment involving mitral valve implantation.
A bioprosthetic is implanted inside the original diseased valve. Sounds nice and neat, however, it's not all that simple. It is at experimental stage and a lot needs to be learned before this technique can be put to practice.
It sounds interesting and promising, but there are a number of complications that need to be resolved.
Where I take a serious objection is the fact that the study is supposed involve experimenting on normal dogs. I have nothing against trying an experimental treatment for a dog who's is out of options, in the attempt to save their life or quality of life. I do, however, have a problem with operating on healthy dogs.
Should that be allowed in the name of science? What do you think?
Heart surgery for dogs with mitral valve disease?
Degenerative Valve Disease