Percutaneous Implantation of Aortic Valve Prosthesis in Patients with Calcific Aortic Stenosis:

Technical Aspects


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In April 2002, after extensive ex-vivo and animal implantation studies, we performed the first successful implantation of a new percutaneous aortic valve in a patient with endstage aortic stenosis. The purpose of this article is to give a detailed description of the technique of percutaneous implantation of aortic valve bioprosthesis in patients with severe calcific aortic stenosis. Antegrade transeptal approach was used under local anesthesia and mild sedation. (J Interven Cardiol 2003;16:515–521)