Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is TAVI vs TAVR?
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is an abbreviation for transcatheter aortic valve implantation, while TAVR is an abbreviation for transcatheter aortic valve replacement. The process and tactics are identical. When discussing your treatment options, your doctor may use the terms interchangeably.
2. How long will TAVI last?
The tissue valves used in surgical aortic valve replacement have a lifespan of 10 to 20 years, according to medical literature.
3. What is the success rate of TAVR?
Any cardiac procedure has risks involved and sometimes are life threatening risks as well. Survival rate is thus a critical measure. At our panel of best cardiac hospitals in India TAVR survival rate is more than 98%.
4. How long does TAVR surgery take?
The TAVR operation takes three to four hours to complete. It takes roughly 30 to 45 minutes to implant a heart valve. The remaining time is spent inserting lines, ensuring you're asleep, checking your breathing, and removing lines once the process is over.
5. What is the life expectancy after valve replacement?
Medical literature shows that on an average, a 42-year-old patient who has an aortic valve replacement (AVR) with a tissue valve can anticipate to live till he is 58 years.
6. Who should not have a TAVR?
Patients who cannot tolerate medications that thin the blood or prevent blood clots, or have an active infection in the heart or elsewhere are not candidates for TAVR surgery.
7. How long are you in the hospital after TAVI?
You may expect to spend around 5-6 days in the hospital, with at least 1 to 2 days in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Depending on how healthy you were before the operation, recovery from valve surgery can take some time.
8. Is heart stop during TAVR?
No, the heart is not stopped during TAVR surgery. During the surgery, your heart will continue to beat. This is not the same as open heart surgery, which involves your heart being stopped and you being hooked up to a heart and lung blood machine.
9. What is the average cost of a TAVR procedure?
The average cost of TAVR in the USA ranges from $80,000 to $120,000, TAVR surgery cost in India is around $42,000.