Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty (BAV)
Balloon Aortic Valvuloplasty is a procedure used in patients with severe aortic stenosis (valve narrowing) to improve the blood flow through the valve. This procedure is used either as a bridge to TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation) or in some cases to improve the quality of life in patients with severe aortic valve narrowing who are not candidate for surgery or TAVI. This involves using special balloon to stretch the valve, introduced through a small hole in the upper part of the thigh. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia and can be discharged after one night stay in hospital.