Pulmonary Heart Valve Replacement with the SAPIEN™ 

The Edwards Lifesciences SAPIEN™ transcatheter heart valve replaces a leaky or narrow pulmonary valve. The implant itself is made from a portion of a cow’s vein, and has a wire frame for support. 

SAPIEN™ heart valve procedure

The implantation procedure for the SAPIEN™ valve is usually non-invasive. A cardiologist uses a catheter (a thin, hollow tube) to guide the valve to the heart and attaches it using an inflated balloon-like tool. 

Preparation and risks for SAPIEN™ valve replacement 

Your child may need to avoid food, drink, and/or certain medications for a period before the procedure. Risks of the Edwards SAPIEN™ valve procedure include bleeding, infection, rupture, rapid heart rate, and artery perforation.

Pulmonary heart valve replacement with SAPIEN™ at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Our top-notch cardiologists are experts in pediatric valve replacement and specially trained in the placement of these devices. At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, we are devoted to the comprehensive care of each patient, ensuring your child gets the treatment they need, using the most innovative techniques to care for your child.


Reviewed by: Lourdes Rosa Prieto, MD

This page was last updated on: 6/21/2019 1:28:22 AM


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