TAVI is an innovative way to treat severe AS. It is minimally invasive and is performed in our Cardiac Catheter Lab. It is most suitable for older patients at too high surgical risk for SAVR. It also allows patients to recover post operatively more quickly, with less pain and a shorter hospital stay.
In the TAVI procedure, the valve is squeezed down onto a balloon, inserted into the body via a catheter, and tracked to the heart for implantation. This can be done without opening the chest or using the heart-lung pump. The catheter may be inserted through the femoral artery or through a small incision in the chest over the heart. When the valve is positioned inside the faulty aortic valve, the balloon is inflated and the new valve is precisely positioned.
See our specialist Dr James Roy