Transcatheter structural Heart Surgery

Transcatheter structural heart surgery, also known as transcatheter heart valve surgery, is a minimally invasive procedure that repairs or replaces heart valves and other structures in the heart using catheter-based techniques.

During the procedure, a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel, typically in the groin, and guided to the heart. The catheter carries specialized instruments and devices, such as a balloon, a stent, or a replacement valve, that are used to repair or replace the damaged or diseased valve or structure.

Transcatheter structural heart surgery can be used to treat a variety of heart conditions, including aortic stenosis, mitral regurgitation, and congenital heart defects, among others. It is often used as an alternative to traditional open-heart surgery, which requires a larger incision and more extensive recovery time.

The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, and patients typically spend one to two days in the hospital following the procedure. Recovery time is generally shorter than with open-heart surgery, with most patients able to return to normal activities within a few days to a few weeks.

Transcatheter structural heart surgery is generally considered a safe and effective treatment option for select patients with heart valve and structural heart conditions. However, as with any medical procedure, there are risks and potential complications, including bleeding, infection, stroke, and device failure. The benefits and risks of transcatheter structural heart surgery should be carefully considered and discussed with a healthcare provider.

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