Valvuloplasty

Also known as: Balloon valvuloplasty, Valvulotomy, Valvotomy

During this procedure, a thin flexible tube called a catheter is inserted through an artery in the groin or arm and threaded into the heart. When the tube reaches the narrowed heart valve, a balloon at the end of the tube is inflated. The balloon presses against the hardened (calcified) tissue and enlarges the valve opening.

During the procedure, you will be awake. But you will receive local anesthesia where the catheter is inserted as well as intravenous (IV) pain medicine along with a sedative to help you relax.

Providence Heart and Vascular Institute comprises more than 80 highly-skilled physicians and surgeons. Each year at the Institute, more than 13,000 patients benefit from the latest advances in diagnosis, treatment and cardiac surgery.

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