TAVI – Edwards Sapien XT Valve

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a technique where a severely narrowed aortic valve of the heart is replaced by a minimally invasive procedure. This results in a much quicker recovery and less post procedure pain and discomfort, as compared to conventional open heart surgery to replace the aortic valve.

TAVR is most commonly performed through a small puncture hole in the groin, and in a small proportion of patients, via a small cut in the side or front of the chest. TAVR has been shown to be life-saving in patients who cannot undergo open heart surgery, and is equivalent or better than open heart surgery in patients who are at increased risk for surgery.