What Happens During the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation Procedure

A transcatheter aortic valve implantation procedure (TAVI) is less invasive than open heart surgery. The entire procedure typically takes approximately 1–2 hours. Your heart team will determine whether you should have a mild sedative or general anaesthesia.

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TAVR incision locations

At the start of the procedure, the doctor will make a small cut in one of three places:

  • (1) the groin 
  • (2) the neck or
  • (3) a space between the ribs

The doctor will guide a thin, flexible tube with the heart valve through the incision, into the artery, and to the diseased valve. The Medtronic TAVI heart valve will be placed in the diseased valve or failing surgical valve and begin working immediately. Your doctor will then remove the tube and close the incision.