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E-ONLY: Valvular and Structural Heart Diseases
Buddy balloon for TAVI
Article first published online: 14 JUN 2010
Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Volume 82, Issue 6, pages E815–E816, 15 November 2013
How to Cite
Balkin, J., Silberman, S. and Almagor, Y. (2013), Buddy balloon for TAVI. Cathet. Cardiovasc. Intervent., 82: E815–E816. doi: 10.1002/ccd.22684
- Issue published online: 6 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 14 JUN 2010
- Accepted manuscript online: 14 JUN 2010 12:00AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 MAY 2010
- Manuscript Received: 28 APR 2010
Percutaneous transfemoral aortic valve replacement is a new rapidly evolving technique that has made significant progress in recent years. The technology is however limitted and in some cases has resulted in failure to deliver the prosthetic valve. We describe a new technique using a buddy balloon, from the contralateral femoral artery, to assist in crossing the native aortic valve in those cases where extreme calcification and or tortuosity have caused the delivery system to hang up on the aortic wall. The technique is easily applied and facilitates the success of the procedure in cases which may otherwise have to be converted to open surgical aortic valve replacement. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.