Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure involving placing the new valve inside the old and damaged one without removing the old valve. This surgery is a great substitute for people who can’t undergo open-heart surgery or have narrow valves. The entire procedure usually takes 1-2 hours.
The aortic valve is one of the four valves in our heart. The valves open and closes, allowing the flow of blood from one chamber to another and later to the entire body. The person who has a problem with their aortic valve and has a high risk of open-heart surgery are good candidates for TAVI.
TAVI is a surgical procedure performed in an operation theatre. It involves the implantation of new valves made from animal tissues without removing the old and damaged valves. It a beneficiary option for patients who require valve replacement without undergoing massive open-heart surgery.
This surgery is performed via a very small opening, leaving the rest of the chest bones and muscles unaffected.
There are two approaches for performing the surgery. The doctor chooses the best suitable method depending on the patient’s condition and diagnosis.
Before the surgery,
During the procedure,
After the surgery,
The doctor will monitor the symptoms of the patient closely. Before discharge, the patient will be given detailed instruction on how to recover properly and faster. It is very important for the patient to follow the instruction and take medicines on time. If the patient continues to feel the signs and symptoms, it is advisable to visit the doctor without any delay.
There are several potential benefits of minimally invasive TAVI surgery. The patient starts feeling better after the surgery. In some cases, the effects might start appearing after a bit longer than usual but all together patients report positive results, such as:
|Treats vascular complications and permanent pacemaker implantations.||Treats lower risks strokes.|
|It is an open-heart surgery||It is a minimally invasive procedure|
|Patients who undergo SAVR have more risk for blood transfusion, kidney injury and onset of atrial fibrillation.||There are no such complications in TAVR but in some cases vascular complications may occur.|
Though TAVI is a clinically safe and minimally invasive surgery with a faster rate of recovery, it does involve some risk which can after the health of the patient, like:
For TAVI, thus it is very important that one only approaches skilled and experienced doctor. Dr Rahul Gupta and Team Cardium are well known in India for TAVI / TAVR procedures and have helped countless patients to get back to their routine life without hassle.