Aortic valvuloplasty is a procedure to repair the aortic valve of the heart. It is used as a bridge to aortic valve replacement surgery or to improve quality of life for patients who are not candidates for major heart surgery. Many patients needing isolated valve surgery can be treated robotically or minimally invasively, which speeds recovery and reduces complications, Balloon valvuloplasty is a non-surgical procedure in which a balloon catheter is threaded through the groin into the heart. The balloon is then inflated, stretching the valve back open. This type of surgery involves smaller incisions than standard heart surgery, but larger incisions than robotic surgery. The surgeon works with longer, shafted instruments than usually used in standard heart surgery (which would involve splitting the entire breastbone). Typically, minimally invasive valve surgery is recommended when valves need replacement rather than repair, or when the repair is complex. Any of the four heart valves can be reached using some form of minimally invasive surgery.
With the first and largest comprehensive heart valve program in the state, UAB Medicine provides continuing care for patients who have or are at risk for valve disease. Our team of surgeons and cardiologists are among the nation’s most highly regarded physicians, and they provide a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of valve disease. From aortic valve stenosis to mitral valve regurgitation, and from traditional open-heart surgery to the latest in minimally invasive procedures and robotic-assisted valve repair surgery, UAB patients benefit from our expertise in treating patients with valve disease.
The UAB Comprehensive Valve Program has built an impressive list of accomplishments in recent years. Our cardiologists and heart surgeons performed the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in Alabama; to date UAB has performed more TAVRs than any other hospital in the state. As an added service, patients who have been told by non-UAB doctors that they need valve surgery can speak to a UAB valve surgeon for a second opinion.
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Mark Sasse, MD: Innovative Cardiovascular Treatment Options
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for Aortic Valvuloplasty. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information on clinical trials at clinicaltrials.gov.View Clinical Trials