The Edwards SAPIEN valve is a collapsible aortic heart valve with the ability to be introduced into the body by of a catheter-based delivery system.
This innovative valve is designed to replace a patient’s diseased “native” aortic valve WITHOUT the need for open-heart surgery and most impressively, while the heart continues to beat.
The SAPIEN valve can be implanted in patients using one of two methods:
- Transfemoral Technique: delivered via the femoral artery
- Transapical Technique: delivered via a small incision between the ribs
Illustrated description of the Edwards SAPIEN valve procedure: