At Spire Bristol Hospital we offer the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Insertion (TAVI) procedure for heart valve replacement as an alternative to open heart surgery.
The procedure is used to treat aortic stenosis (a narrowed heart valve) and can help relieve symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain and in severe cases, heart failure.
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Typical hospital stay
2 – 3 nights
2 - 3 hours
Type of anaesthetic
Local anaesthesia and sedation (or sometimes, general anaesthesia)
Available to self-pay?
Covered by health insurance?
Spire Bristol Hospital is a well-established private hospital in the region providing excellent care and treatments to patients.
We offer all the facilities you’d expect from a private hospital. This includes high dependency and intensive treatment units allowing us to treat more complex conditions.
The TAVI procedure is carried out in our hybrid theatre which is equipped with advanced medical imaging that can be used to perform minimally-invasive surgery. Following your heart valve replacement surgery, you'll be monitored in our high dependency unit before returning to your own private room.
A cardiologist, cardiac surgeon and anaesthetist will take care of you during your operation. They're supported by nurses, intensive care nurses and physiotherapists who'll monitor your progress closely until you return home.
We perform aortic valve replacement surgery in our high-quality facilities. We offer some of the latest surgical techniques which may be beneficial to some patients. These include:
You can find us in Bristol, serving areas including Somerset and Gloucestershire. Spire Bristol can be easily accessed by the M4 and M5 motorways, or by Temple Meads or Parkway train stations. Free parking is also available for patients and visitors.
Your consultations and diagnostic tests
Before your treatment, you’ll meet your consultant in one of our 26 consultation rooms. All our rooms are accessible, so there’s no need to worry if walking is difficult for you. They’ll ask about your health, symptoms and answer any questions you may have.
You'll need to have several diagnostic tests before surgery to ensure that TAVI is the right procedure for you. These tests include:
Both your initial consultation and tests at this stage are charged separately to the cost of any treatment needed.
If you decide to go ahead with treatment, your consultant will advise you about:
The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.
Based in scenic surroundings at the foot of Durdham Down, Spire Bristol Hospital can be easily accessed by either the M4 or M5 motorways, or by Temple Meads or Parkway train stations.
COVID-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service at Spire Bristol Hospital.