Balloon valvuloplasty


If you have a narrowed heart valve, you may benefit from a balloon valvuloplasty

What is a balloon valvuloplasty?

Balloon valvuloplasty involves passing a thin plastic tube (catheter) through a large blood vessel into your heart.

A balloon is then inflated to open up your valve. It does not cure the problem but can delay surgery. It may also be used for children until they are old enough for valve replacement. 

Need to know

  • What happens during a valvuloplasty procedure icon plus

    This procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and light sedation, meaning you'll be drowsy but pain-free while it's carried out. After your skin has been numbed your consultant will make a small cut in your groin and a thin tube (catheter) with a small balloon attached to it will be passed into your heart. The balloon is inflated inside the narrowed valve to make it wider. The balloon is then deflated and removed, along with the catheter.

    This minimally invasive procedure has a much shorter recovery time than full open surgery.
  • How to prepare for your procedure  icon plus

    Your consultant will let you know how best to prepare for a balloon valvuloplasty procedure.
  • After your procedure  icon plus

    Although the procedure is significantly less invasive than open surgery, you will still need to stay in hospital overnight.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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