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TAVR / TAVI Centre

About KIMS TAVI / TAVR Centre

 

TAVI stands for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation. This minimally invasive procedure helps to improve the damaged aortic valve without the need of a heart surgery for high risk patients.

 

Our team of TAVI specialists at KIMS Hospitals have expertise in handling all kinds of TAVI or TAVR cases. Our dedicated team of coordinators will work with you and guide you on the entire pre and post procedure details.

 

What is TAVR / TAVI?

It is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which repairs the valve without removing the old or damaged valve. It wedges a replacement valve into the aortic valve’s place. This surgery is called a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI).

How does “Valve-within-valve” work?

The TAVR procedure delivers a fully collapsible replacement valve to the valve site through a catheter. Once the new valve is expanded, it pushes the old valve leaflets out of the way and the tissue in the replacement valve takes over the job of regulating blood flow.

How does TAVR or TAVI differ from the standard valve replacement?

This is a new procedure approved by FDA, for people with symptomatic aortic stenosis or high risk patient for standard valve replacement surgery. The differences in the two procedures are significant.

What is involved in a TAVR procedure?

An open heart procedure with a sternotomy is required for valve replacement, in which the chest is surgically separated for the procedure. The TAVR or TAVI procedures can be done through very small openings that leave all the chest bones in place.

Risk is involved in TAVR procedure, but it provides beneficial treatment options to people who may not have been candidates for them a few years ago with a faster recovery in most cases.

TAVR procedure can be compared to a balloon treatment or an angiogram in terms of downtime and recovery and requires a shorter hospital stay (3-5 days).

The TAVR procedure is performed using one of two different approaches, allowing the cardiologist or surgeon to choose which one provides the best and safest way to access the valve:

· Entering through the femoral artery (large artery in the groin) called the trans-femoral approach, which does not require a surgical incision in the chest

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· Using a minimally invasive surgical approach with a small incision in the chest and entering through a large artery in the chest or through the tip of the left ventricle (the apex) which is known as the transapical approach.

How to access if you are ready for valve surgery?

This procedure is recommended for patients possessing high risk for an open heart procedure. For that reason, most people who have this procedure are in the age group 70’s or 80’s and often have other medical conditions that make them a better candidate for this type of surgery.

TAVR is an effective option to improve quality of life in patients who otherwise have limited choices for repair of their aortic valve.

 

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What is TAVR/TAVI procedure?

TAVR standing for transcatheter aortic valve replacement is a minimally invasive heart procedure that aims at replacing the thickened aortic valve. Moreover, also referred to as TAVI or transcatheter aortic valve implantation, it is a minimally invasive procedure which helps to improve the damaged aortic valve without the requirement of heart surgery for patients who have a high risk.


The aortic valve is located between the left ventricle and the main artery of the body, known as the aorta. The functioning of this valve is quite crucial and anything otherwise could lead to a reduction of the blood flow from the heart to the body.


However, the TAVR/ TAVI procedure can help to restore this blood flow and even improve the symptoms of aortic valve stenosis like shortness of breath, fatigue, fainting, pain etc. Often, the patients are at amplified risk of complications after their surgical aortic valve replacement or open heart surgery. In all such situations, they can visit the Top Hospital for TAVI in Hyderabad and discuss with a team of heart surgery specialists whether this procedure can work for them.


How is the TAVR/TAVI procedure performed?

Under the transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure, your healthcare team will replace the damaged aortic valve with a biological tissue valve which is made from pig’s or cow’s heart tissue. Sometimes this biological tissue valve might even be placed into the existing biological tissue valve, which is no longer functioning.

The advantage of getting this surgery performed from the Best TAVR/TAVI Surgery Hospital in Hyderabad is simply that it does not require a long incision down the chest as opposed to open heart surgery. Instead, the team of expert doctors will make smaller incisions and use a thin flexible tube referred to as a catheter to reach your heart.


The doctor may even require the help of echocardiogram pictures or X-ray images to correctly place the catheter into the position. Then the replacement valve, which is made from pig or cow tissue is passed through the hollow catheter and is then placed in the location of the Aortic valve. The new valve is placed in position with the help of an inflated balloon, which is placed on the tip of the catheter. Once the new valve is replaced, your doctor may remove the catheter.


TAVR/TAVI Centre

The TAVR/TAVI Centre at the KIMS hospitals houses a team of specialists who have expertise in handling all kinds of TAVI or TAVR cases, be it the simplest cases or the most complicated of them all. Our dedicated team works in collaboration to guide you on the entire pre and post-procedure details before the procedure.

We know that TAVR is an effective option that can help to improve the quality of life in patients who have limited options for the repair of the aortic valve Hence, we make sure to make the full use of this procedure by providing impeccable services to you with the least amount of full complications and the highest level of satisfaction. Due to our cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art infrastructure and blue-chip equipment, we are known as the Best Aortic Valve Replacement Hospitals in Hyderabad.


FAQs


1. What are the risks and complications of the TAVR/TAVI procedure?

Just like any other medical procedure, the transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure also comes with certain risks. The complications that accompany this procedure could include stroke, bleeding, heart attack, blood vessel complications, death, infection, heart rhythm problems, the requirement for a pacemaker, problems with the replacement valve, and kidney disease. You can reduce the risk of these complications by getting the procedure done from the Best TAVR/TAVI Surgery Hospital in Hyderabad.


2. What can I expect before the TAVR procedure?

Before the procedure, your healthcare provider will insert an IV into your hand or forearm and give you a sedative to help you relax. Sometimes you may even be given medications to prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of infection.


3. Is TAVR considered to be a major surgery?

Yes, TAVR is a major procedure that comes with certain complications and risks. Moreover, it is performed with sedition without the requirement of general anaesthesia in most cases.


4. What is the life expectancy of a TAVI?

The data of the past years provides a hint of the life expectancy of a TAVI, which can be approx 6 years. But it is crucial for you to get this procedure performed from the top Best TAVR/TAVI Surgery Hospital in Hyderabad to minimise any risks of complications and enhance your level of satisfaction.

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