Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation | TAVI Procedure

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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI), also known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), is a cutting-edge, minimally invasive procedure used to treat aortic valve disease. Unlike traditional open-heart surgery, TAVI allows for valve replacement through catheter-based techniques, significantly reducing recovery time and complications.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation
Aortic Valve Disease: Understanding the Problem The aortic valve is crucial for maintaining blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. When it becomes stenotic (narrowed) or regurgitant (leaky), it can lead to severe health issues. Common causes include age-related degeneration and congenital defects.

TAVI Procedure: A Step-by-Step Overview

  1. Patient Evaluation: Candidates for TAVI undergo thorough assessments, including imaging, to determine the valve’s condition and suitability for the procedure.
  2. Access Route Selection: TAVI can be performed through different access routes – transfemoral (through the groin), transapical (through the chest), or transaortic (through a small incision in the chest). The choice depends on the patient’s anatomy and overall health.
  3. Anesthesia and Sedation: Patients receive local anesthesia and sedation, ensuring comfort during the procedure.
  4. Valve Deployment: A collapsible replacement valve, often made of biological materials, is loaded onto a catheter and guided to the aortic valve site. Once positioned, it is expanded, pushing the diseased valve leaflets aside.
  5. Monitoring:* Continuous imaging, such as fluoroscopy and echocardiography, helps guide the precise placement of the new valve.
  6. Completion and Recovery: After successful valve deployment, the catheter is removed, and the incisions are closed. Recovery typically involves a brief stay in the hospital, significantly shorter than traditional surgery.

Benefits of TAVI

  • Minimally Invasive: TAVI avoids the need for open-heart surgery, reducing trauma and complications.
  • Faster Recovery: Patients often experience shorter hospital stays and quicker return to normal activities.
  • High Success Rates: TAVI has shown excellent outcomes, even in high-risk patients.
  • Less Pain and Scarring: Smaller incisions mean reduced pain and minimal scarring.
  • Improved Quality of Life: Many patients report significant improvements in symptoms like breathlessness and fatigue.

Considerations and Risks While TAVI is a remarkable advancement in cardiac care, it may not be suitable for all patients. Complications can include bleeding, vascular injury, and valve leakage. A comprehensive evaluation by a cardiac specialist is essential to determine the most appropriate treatment.


Travelling to CMC Hospital Dubai for your Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

Travelling to CMC Hospital Dubai for your Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

Travelling to CMC Hospital Dubai for your Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation

Searching for a UK, US or German Board ‘Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation near me’ view our map below. CMC is conveniently located off Al Khail Rd. If you are looking for a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation near Business Bay or near Downtown, or a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation near Al Jaddaf or near Dubai Festival City we are only 5-10 minutes away.


TAVI is a minimally invasive procedure that replaces the aortic valve through catheters, avoiding open-heart surgery.

TAVI is typically recommended for patients with aortic valve stenosis who are at high or intermediate surgical risk.

Complications can include bleeding, vascular injury, and valve leakage, although the procedure is generally low risk.

Recovery is faster than traditional surgery, with most patients leaving the hospital within a few days and returning to normal activities sooner.

TAVI provides long-term relief, but the durability of the replaced valve may vary among individuals. Regular follow-up with a cardiologist is essential.

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