The TAVI procedure
You will be asked to come into hospital 24 to 48 hours prior to the procedure. Having been through the work up process, the majority of the investigations will have already been done. Whilst in hospital any other required tests will be completed.
The member of the team primarily responsible for your care will carefully go through the consent form, answering all questions and explicitly explaining the associated risks. A cardiac anaesthetist will also assess you and explain the process and risks involved with anaesthesia.
The video below shows both the TAVI valve and balloon expanding into position whilst the heart is rapidly paced.
The procedure will take approximately three to four hours and is performed under a general anaesthetic. After the procedure, your recovery will start in cardiac intensive care unit (CICU). When appropriate you will be transferred to a high dependency area and then a cardiac ward. Once back on the ward, you will work closely with the ward nurses and physiotherapists who will help to mobilise and rehabilitate you before you are discharged home.
The estimated length of hospital stay varies between five and ten days.