This is a novel way of treating severe aortic stenosis. The replacement valve can be inserted in a minimally invasive manner avoiding the need for open heart surgery.
The most common access sites for this procedure are through the artery at the top of the leg (femoral artery) or via the artery at the top of the shoulder (subclavian artery).
Not all patients are suitable for TAVI and your clinician may request several tests to determine your suitability. These may include lung function tests, CT scans and a scan of the arteries in your neck.
The procedure can be done under sedation (local anaesthetic) and usually takes approximately one hour.
There is an approximately 1 in 20 risk (5%) of a serious complication developing during the procedure. Complications could include a stroke (1-3% chance), vascular complication, death, and the need for urgent open heart surgery.
The recovery time from the procedure varies but the majority of patients will be home after 48-72 hours.