Replacement of pulmonary valves using the Edwards Lifesciences SAPIEN™ transcatheter heart valve

Also known as: transcatheter pulmonary valve implantation, transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement.

What is replacement of pulmonary valves using the Edwards Lifesciences SAPIEN™ transcatheter heart valve?

The Edwards Lifesciences SAPIEN™ transcatheter heart valve is a valve that’s intended to replace a leaky or narrow pulmonary valve in the heart. It’s made from a portion of a cow’s vein, with a wire frame to support it.

What happens during the procedure?

The Edwards Lifesciences SAPIEN™ transcatheter heart valve can be implanted with a catheter, making for a less invasive medical procedure. The catheter (a thin, hollow tube) is inserted into a vein and directed to the heart. Then the Edwards Lifesciences SAPIEN™ transcatheter heart valve is guided through the vein and attached using an inflated balloon.

Is any special preparation needed? 

You may need to avoid food or drink, as well as certain medications, for a period of time before the procedure.

What are the risk factors? 

Risks include bleeding, infection or heart problems such as rupture, rapid heart rate or perforation of an artery.

Replacement of pulmonary valves using the Edwards Lifesciences SAPIEN™ transcatheter heart valve at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital: Replacement of pulmonary valves using the Edwards Lifesciences SAPIEN™ transcatheter heart valve is performed by Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s team of top-notch medical professionals using the most cutting-edge techniques.

 

Reviewed by: Lourdes Rosa Prieto, MD

This page was last updated on: 8/9/2018 11:15:36 AM


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