Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation is an alternative to open surgical aortic valve replacement.

 

Procedures are undertaken at the Sussex Cardiac Centre, with all necessary back-up facilities, in the cardiac catheter labs.

 

Mr Uday Trivedi (Cardiothoracic Surgeon) and Dr David Hildick-Smith (Cardiologist) undertake the procedures together, so that all possible eventualites are covered.

 

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is usually done from the femoral artery at the top of the leg. This means that cardiopulmonary bypass and an open surgical approach are not required.

 

At the moment, TAVI is reserved for patients in whom open surgical aortic valve replacement is not advisable because of high surgical risk.

With TAVI, patients are usually able to leave hospital after 4 days, and are back to full fitness after a month, compared with a three month average recuperation from open surgical aortic valve implantation.