Transcutaneous Aortic Valve Implantation



Narrowing of the aortic valve, called aortic stenosis, will eventually require a new valve to relieve symptoms such as chest pain and breathlessness . This has traditionally been performed with open heart surgery. A relatively new and highly successful alternative to surgery is transcutaneous aortic valve implantation (TAVI). This technique uses a catheter to deliver a new valve to the heart without the need for open heart surgery. It is positioned in place and inflated with a balloon to deploy the valve. A final decision will be made following the discussion of your particular case at a multi-disciplinary team meeting which, in addition to others, includes a surgeon and an interventional cardiologist.