Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a procedure to replace the aortic heart valve. Your doctor will use a catheter to put in your new heart valve. You won't need open-heart surgery. TAVI is also called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
TAVI is often done through a cut (incision) in the groin. But sometimes a small cut is made in the chest. Your doctor will use a tube called a catheter and special tools that fit inside it. The doctor puts the catheter into a blood vessel and moves it into the heart.
An artificial valve fits inside the catheter. Your doctor will move the new valve into your damaged valve. It will expand and work in place of the old valve.
You may be asleep for the procedure, or you may get a sedative that will help you relax.
You will have to stay in the hospital for a few days.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare.
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Current as of: December 6, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Interventional Cardiology & Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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