Dr. Leonard Lapkin, MD

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Dr. Leonard Lapkin, MD
Dr. Leonard Lapkin, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Grand Junction, CO and has been practicing for 24 years. He graduated from University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago in 1985 and specializes in cardiothoracic surgery, critical care surgery, and more.

Risks associated with the TAVR procedure include death, stroke and major bleeding

Important Risk Information for Patients

Indications:

The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve, model 9600TFX, and accessories are indicated for relief of aortic stenosis in patients with symptomatic heart disease due to severe native calcific aortic stenosis who are judged by a Heart Team, including a cardiac surgeon, to be at intermediate or greater risk for open surgical therapy (i.e., predicted risk of surgical mortality ≥ 3% at 30 days, based on the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) risk score and other clinical co-morbidities unmeasured by the STS risk calculator).

The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve, model 9600TFX, and accessories are indicated for patients with symptomatic heart disease due to failure (stenosed, insufficient, or combined) of a surgical bioprosthetic aortic or mitral valve who are judged by a heart team, including a cardiac surgeon, to be at high or greater risk for open surgical therapy (i.e., predicted risk of surgical mortality ≥ 8% at 30 days, based on the STS risk score and other clinical co-morbidities unmeasured by the STS risk calculator).

Contraindications (Who should not use):

The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve and delivery system should not be used in patients who:

  • Cannot tolerate medications that thin the blood or prevent blood clots from forming.
  • Have an active infection in the heart or elsewhere.

Warnings:

  • There may be an increased risk of stroke in transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures, compared to other standard treatments for aortic stenosis in the high or greater risk population.
  • If an incorrect valve size for your anatomy is used, it may lead to heart injury, valve leakage, movement, or dislodgement.
  • Patients should talk to their doctor if they have significant heart disease, a mitral valve device or are allergic to chromium, nickel, molybdenum, manganese, copper, silicon, and/or polymeric materials.
  • The SAPIEN 3 valve may not last as long in patients whose bodies do not process calcium normally.
  • During the procedure, your doctors should monitor the dye used in the body; if used in excess it could lead to kidney damage. X-ray guidance used during the procedure may cause injury to the skin, which may be painful, damaging, and long-lasting.
  • Transcatheter aortic heart valve patients should take medications that thin the blood or prevent blood clots from forming, except when likely to have an adverse reaction, as determined by their physician. The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve has not been tested for use without medications that thin the blood or prevent blood clots from forming.

Precautions:

The long-term durability of the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve is not known at this time. Regular medical follow-up is recommended to evaluate how well a patient’s heart valve is performing. Safety, performance, and durability of the SAPIEN 3 valve has not been established for placement inside a previously implanted transcatheter valve.

The safety and effectiveness of the transcatheter heart valve is also not known for patients who have:

  • An aortic heart valve that is not calcified, contains only one or two leaflets, has leaflets with large pieces of calcium that may block the vessels that supply blood to the heart or in which the main problem is that the valve leaks.
  • Previous prosthetic ring in any position.
  • Previous atrial septal occlude.
  • A heart that does not pump well, has thickening of the heart muscle, with or without blockage, unusual ultrasound images of the heart that could represent irregularities such as a blood clot, a diseased mitral valve that is calcified or leaking, or Gorlin syndrome, a condition that affects many areas of the body and increases the risk of developing various cancers and tumors.
  • Low white, red or platelet blood cell counts, or history of bleeding because the blood does not clot properly.
  • Diseased, abnormal or irregularly shaped vessels leading to the heart. Vessels which are heavily diseased or too small for associated delivery devices, or a large amount of calcification at the point of entry.
  • Allergies to blood-thinning medications or dye injected during the procedure.
  • For a valve in valve procedure, there is a risk of leakage if the previously implanted tissue valve is not securely in place or if it is damaged. There is also the possibility that a partially detached valve leaflet from the previously implanted valve could block a blood vessel.
  • Additional pre-procedure imaging will be completed to evaluate proper sizing.

Potential risks associated with the procedure include:

  • Death, stroke, paralysis (loss of muscle function), permanent disability, or severe bleeding.
  • Risks to the heart, including heart attack or heart failure, a heart that does not pump well, irregular heartbeat that may result in a need for a permanent pacemaker, chest pain, heart murmur, false aneurysm, recurring aortic stenosis(narrowing), too much fluid around the heart, injury to the structure of the heart.
  • Risks to your lungs or breathing, including difficulty breathing, fainting, buildup of fluid in or around the lungs, weakness or inability to exercise.
  • Risks involving bleeding or your blood supply, including formation of a blood clot, high or low blood pressure, limited blood supply, a decrease in red blood cells, or abnormal lab values, bleeding in the abdominal cavity, collection of blood under the skin.
  • Additional risks, including life-threatening infection, dislodgement of calcified material, air embolism (air bubbles in the blood vessels), poor kidney function or failure, nerve injury, fever, allergic reaction to anesthesia or dye, reoperation, pain, infection or bleeding at incision sites, or swelling.

Additional potential risks specifically associated with the use of the heart valve include:

  • Valve movement after deployment, blockage or disruption of blood flow through the heart, need for additional heart surgery and possible removal of the SAPIEN 3 valve, a blood clot that requires treatment, damage to the valve (e.g., wear, breakage, recurring aortic stenosis), nonstructural valve dysfunction (e.g., leakage, inappropriate sizing or positioning, blockage, excess tissue in growth, blood cell damage, etc.) or mechanical failure of the delivery system and/or accessories.

CAUTION: Federal (United States) law restricts these devices to sale by or on the order of a physician.

Edwards, Edwards Lifesciences, the stylized E logo, Edwards SAPIEN, Edwards SAPIEN 3, SAPIEN, and SAPIEN 3 are trademarks of Edwards Lifesciences Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Edwards Lifesciences One Edwards Way, Irvine CA 92614 USA edwards.com

2643 Patterson Rd Ste 403

Grand Junction, CO 81506

Contact Information

(970) 298-7675

Dr. Leonard Lapkin, MD

Dr. Leonard Lapkin, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Altius Health Plans
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)

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Dr. Lapkin's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Lung Surgery
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lapkin performs Lung Surgery more than 93% of his peers

Dr. Lapkin performs this procedure more than 93% of his peers

Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
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high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lapkin performs Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs) more than 88% of his peers

Dr. Lapkin performs this procedure more than 88% of his peers

Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
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high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Lapkin performs Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Lapkin performs this procedure more than 87% of his peers

Dr. Lapkin's conditions and procedures:

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Ablation for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation
Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
Aneurysm
Aneurysm of Heart
Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
Aortic Aneurysm
Aortic Aneurysm Stent Grafting
Aortic Dissection
Aortic Ectasia
Aortic Embolism and Thrombosis
Aortic Repair, Open or Repair of Arterial Aneurysm, Open
Aortic Stenosis
Aortic Valve Disease
Aortic Valve Regurgitation
Aortic Valve Replacement
Aortic Valve Surgery
Arrhythmias
Arterial Catheterization With Robotic Assistance
Arterial Duplex Ultrasound
Arteriovenous Shunt Creation
Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation Surgery
Atrial Flutter
Benign Tumor
Cancer
Cardiac Catheterization (incl. Coronary Angiography)
Cardiac Electrophysiology
Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
Cardiomegaly
Cardiomyopathy
Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) or Excision of Infected Graft
Carotid Surgery
Carotid Ultrasound
Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
Congenital Heart Defects
Congenital Heart Disease
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Coronary Artery Revascularization Using Arterial Conduits
Decortication and Pleurectomy
Empyema
Endocarditis
Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy
Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
Endovascular Procedure
Endovascular Repair of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Endovascular Repair of Thoracic Aorta
Endovenous Laser Treatment
Esophageal Cancer
Esophageal Diseases
Esophageal Surgery
Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy
Head and Neck Cancer
Head and Neck Surgery
Heart Defect Repair
Heart Disease
Heart Surgery
Heart Tumors, Benign
Heart Valve Replacement
Heart Valve Surgery
Impella Device
Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
Left Ventricular Wire Insertion With VATS
Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
Lobectomy, Open
Lung Cancer
Lung Neoplasms, Not Specified as Malignant
Lung Removal (Partial or Complete): Open, or Resection of Lung Tumor: Open
Lung Removal, Open
Lung Surgery
Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
Lymphadenectomy With Robotic Assistance
Maze Procedure
Mediastinal Surgery
Mediastinal Tumors, Not Specified as Malignant
Mediastinoscopy
Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery
Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery
Mini-Maze Procedure
Mitral Valve Disease
Mitral Valve Regurgitation
Mitral Valve Repair
Mitral Valve Stenosis
Mitral Valve Surgery
Non-Coronary Angioplasty, Atherectomy, and Stenting
Pericardial Disease
Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm
Peripheral Arterial Aneurysm and Dissection
Peripheral Arterial Dissection
Peripheral Artery Catheterization
Pleura Cancer
Pleural Cancer
Pleural Neoplasm, Not Specified as Malignant
Port Placements or Replacements
Pulmonary Disease
Pulmonary Embolism
Resection of Cardiac Tumor
Ruptured Aortic Aneurysm
Septal Defect
Surgical Procedures
Thoracentesis
Thoracoscopic Drainage of Pleural Cavity With Robotic Assistance
Thoracoscopic Excision of Lung With Robotic Assistance
Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
Thoracoscopic Lobectomy of Lung With Robotic Assistance
Thoracoscopic Wedge Resection
Thromboendarterectomy or Excision of Infected Graft
Thrombosis
Tracheal Surgery
Transmycardial Laser Revascularization
Valve Repair or Replacement (Aortic, Mitral, Tricuspid, and Pulmonary)
Varicose Vein Procedure
Vascular Disease
Vascular Surgical Procedure
Venous Sclerotherapy
Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) or Thoracotomy

About Me

Care Philosophy

Responsible and skillful application of my surgical knowledge andtechnique to provide best care for long term improvement in quality of life and survival for my patients..

Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Critical Care Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery

Board Certifications

  • Critical Care Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery

Education

  • 1994
    University Of Southern California School Of Medicine
    Fellowship Hospital
    1994
  • 1993
    University Of Southern California/ Los Angeles County Hospital Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency
    Residency Hospital
    1993
  • 1990
    University Of Illinois/ Cook County Hospital Combined Surgical Program
    Residency Hospital
    1990
  • 1986
    University Of Illinois/ Cook County Hospital Combined Surgical Program
    Internship Hospital
    1986
  • 1985
    University Of Illinois College Of Medicine Chicago
    Medical School
    1985
  • 1980
    Duke University
    Undergraduate School
    1980

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I am forever in debt to Dr Lapkin. I never thought that I would be able to do the things I once could, but the skill of Dr Lapkin had allowed for me to finally proceed with my life.
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Dr Lapkin is absolutely an amazing surgeon. My mother and are best friends, and I almost had her taken away from me. His ability to do emergency aortic surgery has made me forever in his debt and she is doing better than ever!
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Dr. Lapkin saved my life. I am so grateful for his healing touch. I never leave reviews, but felt compelled to do so as am so thankful and blessed that he was available when I nearly died. Words cannot express I feel. You are my angel.
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Dr. Lapkin was very professional & explained my procedure in detail. He gave me peace of mind knowing he was there thru the whole procedure. I had a paprthyroid surgery done at the same time Dr Lapkin removed an Mediastinal mass from under my sternum. He has great energy!
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I am late in writing this review, but after reading several of the comments, I felt I needed to give my perspective. I had heart-lung bypass surgery 5 years ago to remove a tumor in the left ventricle of my heart - a very uncommon and not at all straight-forward surgery. A friend on the staff at...Read More
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Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
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