TAVI Surgery in Mumbai
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In India, about 13% of the population suffers from heart disease. Open heart surgery may be needed in more serious cases, such as severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the heart's aortic valve).
Open heart surgery, also known as surgical AVR, is a high-risk, complicated operation that can only be performed on patients over the age of 70. The number of elderly patients who are unable to undergo surgical AVR or some other feasible solution is estimated to be in the 30-40% range. TAVI was created as a better choice for these high-risk patients. It is a minimally invasive technique for replacing an aortic valve that has been damaged. This technique has become a game-changer because it reduces the risk factor to a bare minimum.
What is Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)?
- As the names suggest, a specialized catheter (a small, hollow tube) is used to replace the old, weakened valve in this less invasive surgical procedure. TAVI, unlike traditional open-heart surgery, does not necessitate the surgical opening of the chest. The TAVI operation can be carried out by small pin prick-like angioplasty through the groin without harming the chest bones or other organs.
The following are the main steps in the TAVI procedure:
- According to the surgeon's orders, a doctor administers local or general anesthesia.
- The surgeon then uses a small incision in the groin of the collarbone to insert a catheter into the artery. A balloon is attached to the catheter's tip.
- Similar to stenting, once the catheter reaches the weakened valve, the balloon is gently inflated to make space for the new tissue valve.
- The new valve is now installed within the damaged valve.
- After that, the balloon is deflated and the catheter is gently taken out.
What is Aortic Stenosis?
Aortic stenosis is a shortening of the valve between the heart and the aorta. This is often caused by the build-up of calcium (mineral deposits) on the aortic valve’s leaflets. When the valve partially opens, less oxygen-rich blood flows to the body. This forces the heart to work harder to pump blood and sometimes can lead to heart failure. The symptoms of aortic valve stenosis include chest pain, lightheadedness, dizziness, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
Benefits of TAVR
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Less painful than the traditional open-heart surgery
- The hospital stay is reduced to 4-5 days
- Provides better quality of life for patients who unable to undergo conventional replacement of the aortic valve
How much does TAVI surgery cost in India?
This valve replacement operation has an intriguing aspect to it! It is less invasive and has fewer complications than open-heart surgery, which is typically necessary for valve replacement in the elderly population. The procedure is known as TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation). TAVI is recommended for elderly patients whose bodies are not capable of undergoing open-heart surgery. In Mumbai hospitals, TAVI with an imported stent costs about 30 lakhs. Using the Made in India valve, however, the cost is reduced by a whopping ten lakhs. The patients would greatly benefit from this.