TAVI and 18 holes of golf – 5 days later

This is a patient case about an 81-year-old man with a severely narrowed aortic valve, or what we call the aortic stenosis, which is severe narrowing of the heart valve that takes all the blood out of the heart.

He also had motor neurone disease that is a potentially devastating nerve disorder that also affected his chest. Because of that, he was unsuitable for open heart surgery and the chest opening associated with that.

We were able to offer him TAVI or trans-catheter aortic valve implantation through a little keyhole puncture in the groin and we were able to put a whole new heart valve in, in about 40 minutes.

He was out of the hospital in a couple of days and, remarkably, the gentleman played 18 holes of golf five days post procedure.

This is what the revolution in medicine is all about.