HEALTH NEWS: Recognition for Papworth

A specialist valve replacement service at Papworth Hospital has received national recognition by becoming a nationally commissioned centre.

Papworth’s pioneering Transcatheter aortic valve (TAVI) implantation team can now assess patients from anywhere in England with a view to subsequent operation.

TAVI is a procedure to replace the diseased aortic valve without open heart surgery via a minimally invasive approach, ideally via the leg arteries. It offers an alternative to conventional heart valve surgery for those considered at high risk.

Dr Cameron Densem, Clinical Lead for the TAVI service said: “This is excellent news for Papworth Hospital and reflects the hard work of the Papworth team over the last five years. The first TAVI was performed at Papworth in 2008.

“Year on year patient numbers are increasing and we have now implanted over 100 devices. The results we achieve from these procedures are good and it offers an excellent alternative for those patients considered high- risk for conventional aortic valve surgery.”

Papworth Hospital started work as the nationally commissioned centre for TAVI on April 1 this year.