TAVI procedure: step-by-step

TAVI procedure: step-by-step

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A small incision is made in your upper leg. This is where your doctor will insert a short, hollow tube called a sheath into your femoral artery.

The new valve is then placed on the delivery system (or tube). The new valve is compressed to make it small enough to fit through the sheath.

The delivery system carrying the valve is pushed up to your aortic valve. Once it reaches your valve, the new valve pushes aside the leaflets of your diseased valve. Your existing valve holds the new valve in place.

The new valve will open and close as a normal aortic valve should. Your doctor will make sure your new valve is working properly before closing the incision in your leg.

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