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Balloon valvuloplasty

VALVULOPLASTY OF THE MITRAL, AORTIC OR PULMONARY VALVE

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

About

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

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    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.
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    Your consultant will let you know how best to prepare for a balloon valvuloplasty procedure.
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    Although the procedure is significantly less invasive than open surgery, you will still need to stay in hospital overnight.
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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion. 
 

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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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