Transcatheter Aortic Valve Insertion (TAVI) at Spire Bristol Hospital

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.

Sometimes also called

  • Aortic valve replacement

At a glance

  • Typical hospital stay
    2 – 3 nights

  • Procedure duration
    2 - 3 hours

  • Type of anaesthetic
    Local anaesthesia and sedation (or sometimes, general anaesthesia)

  • Available to self-pay?
    Yes

  • Covered by health insurance?
    Yes

Why Spire?

  • Expert, personalised treatments
  • Fast access to treatments, consultations and diagnosis
  • Consultants who are experts in their field

TAVI: What to expect at Spire Bristol Hospital

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.

How to book

Complete the enquiry form to book your first consultation at Spire Bristol Hospital or call 0117 453 4152.

We serve areas of Bristol, Somerset and Gloucestershire.

Procedures offered for heart valve replacement at Spire Bristol

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:

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Insertion (TAVI) - a less invasive alternative to open heart surgery where the heart valve is replaced with an artificial valve
  • Heart valve replacement is also performed using open heart surgery

Preparing for TAVI surgery at Spire Bristol

Getting here

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:

  • A CT scan of your heart and your arteries
  • An angiogram (also known as a cardiac catheterisation) to make sure your coronary arteries are clear and they are not the cause of your symptoms

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:

  • What your personalised treatment and care plan will involve
  • Anaesthetic options
  • Potential risks and complications and how they apply to you
  • Things you can do to help prepare for surgery and to help your recovery

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.

How to get to us

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.

Find us on Google maps

Spire Bristol Hospital,

Redland Hill
Durdham Down
Bristol
BS6 6UT

Main Switchboard:  0117 980 4000

Self-pay treatment enquiries:  0117 980 4080

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Important information about Covid-19 tests

Spire Bristol Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.

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