Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai performs TAVR in 78 year-old man

TAVR makes it possible to treat on patients who were previously deemed unsuitable or too high risk for surgery

Apollo Hospitals, Clinical, Navi Mumbai, TAVR, Cardiac

TAVR or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, a percutaneous procedure, was successfully performed at Apollo Hospitals Navi Mumbai. A 78-year old man who could not undergo open heart valve replacement surgery due to co-existing health issues including past history of bypass surgery was treated using this advanced technique. The patient has recovered well and will be discharged soon.

The 78-year old patient, a resident of Nerul in Navi Mumbai was suffering with severe breathing issues, even on mild exertion since last six months affecting his daily routine. He consulted the cardiologist at Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai where he was diagnosed with severe Aortic Valve Stenosis. A second surgery was very risky due to his age and poor health. But with TAVR, there is now new hope for these patients.

TAVR also known as TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation) makes it possible to treat on patients who were previously deemed unsuitable or too high risk for surgery. Whereas in conventional open heart surgery, the chest cavity needs to be opened by cutting through the sternum to allow the surgeon to operate on the heart, TAVR is a non-surgical technique where heart valves are replaced via   needle-puncture of the skin, rather than a scalpel.

Dr Sanjeev Kalkekar, Consultant, Interventional Cardiology, Apollo Hospitals explained, “In TAVR, a miniaturized valve is inserted through a catheter, a thin flexible tube, from the groin into the heart. The deployed valve reaches the base of the aorta at the site of the previous aortic valve. The doctor then opens a balloon which inflates the valve pushing aside the old valve and overcoming the stenosis or narrowing. The entire procedure is conducted under general anaesthesia or mild sedation, takes about an hour as compared to 5-6 hours required for an open heart surgery.”