This is a non-surgical procedure that may be used to open a narrow valve within the heart.
What to Expect
The procedure is usually performed on the same day of admission to the hospital and usually requires a one night stay in the hospital. An echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) may be performed the day of or in the weeks prior to the procedure. The procedure is done in the cardiac catheterization lab using X-Ray and a dye that is injected into the blood stream.
Local anesthetic is given in the crease of the leg before the tubes (or sheaths) are placed into the blood vessels in that area. A soft plastic tube is passed through the blood stream to the heart and a balloon is inflated within the narrow heart valve to stretch the valve open. When the procedure is finished the tubes are removed from the blood stream and pressure is applied to the site to prevent bleeding. Bed rest for a few hours after the procedure is important to prevent bleeding.
What to Do
It is important to refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight before the procedure. Medications are usually taken with sips of water during that time. People taking blood thinners will be instructed when to stop prior to the procedure. Patients are asked to report to ambulatory surgery a few hours prior to the procedure. Glasses, dentures and hearing aids are permitted during the procedure.
Where to Go
Evanston Hospital - Ambulatory Surgery, 3rd Floor
Who to Call if you Have Questions
If you have questions, or would like additional information, please call:
Evanston Hospital 847.570.2216