St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney, in partnership with the public hospital team, performed the 1000th TAVI case for the St Vincent’s Health campus during November, becoming one of the first sites in Australia to achieve this.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (known as TAVI) is a minimally invasive procedure that helps to repair a damaged aortic valve, one of the main valves of the heart that allows blood to flow from the heart to the body. During a TAVI procedure, an artificial valve made of natural animal heart tissue is implanted into the heart to assist in restoring this blood through to the body.
This procedure is a significant example of the cardiac innovations St Vincent’s Health Sydney facilities are known for, with the service recognised as one of the leading TAVI centres in Australia. First performed at St Vincent’s in 2008 by Professor David Muller, today we are proud to boast some of the lowest complication rates and best TAVI outcomes nationally, thanks to skilled staff and innovations in techniques and equipment.
Cardiology services at St Vincent’s private and public hospital in Sydney, are delivered by a highly experienced team of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons. We are fortunate to have a leading cohort of specialists who perform the implant, which include:
- Professor David Muller
- Dr David A. Roy
- Associate Professor Andrew Roy
- Dr Alasdair Watson
- Dr Arjun Iyer
- Dr Roberto Spina
Retired cardiologists, Dr David Baron and Dr Paul Roy, were also significant contributors to the 1000th patient achievement.
An instrumental member of the structural heart and TAVI service also includes dedicated TAVI Nurse Coordinator, Alexis Arriagada, who is responsible for TAVI patient care and ensuring a smooth patient journey from referral through to follow up, one year after the procedure.
St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney would like to thank all staff involved in this achievement, specifically for their pursuit of excellence and compassion with which each patient is treated.