The Procedure: What to Expect – Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve

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Authorized by Federal law (USA) for use in pediatric and adult patients with a regurgitant or stenotic Right Ventricular Outflow Tract (RVOT) conduit (≥ 16 mm in diameter when originally implanted). The effectiveness of this device for this use has not been demonstrated.

The following section describes what happens during the Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve (TPV) procedure. It is intended as a general overview. Your experience may be different. Please talk to your doctor for more information about what to expect.

Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve procedure

Detail - Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve procedure

During the Procedure

Typically, the Melody TPV procedure takes 1-2 hours. Patients are asleep for the procedure and usually don’t feel any pain.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Your doctor will insert the delivery system into your leg through a small access site.
  2. The catheter holding the Melody valve will be placed into the vein and guided into your heart.
  3. Once the Melody valve is in the right position, the balloons will be inflated to deliver the valve.
  4. The Melody valve will expand into place and begin to direct blood flow between the right ventricle and your lungs.
  5. The catheter will then be removed and the doctor will conduct a test to make sure the valve is working properly.
  6. The access site in your leg will be closed, and the procedure will be complete.

After the Procedure

After the Melody TPV procedure you will go to a recovery room. Once you are fully awake and able to drink and eat, you will be moved to a regular hospital room.

You likely will need to stay in the hospital overnight but most people go home the next day. Your doctor will provide you with more specific care instructions as well as any limitations you will have. You will need about one week to recover from the procedure before returning to your everyday activities. If you have any questions, please ask your heart doctor or nurse.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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