Balloon valvuloplasty is a procedure that widens a narrowed heart valve (also called valvotomy or valvotomy). Aortic valve stenosis is the cause of this narrowing of the aortic valve.

A thin flexible tube called a catheter is inserted through an artery in the groin or arm during this operation and threaded through the heart. A balloon at the end of the tube is inflated as the tube reaches the closed heart valve. The balloon makes the opening of the valve wider.

You will be awake during the treatment. However, to help you relax, you can receive local anesthesia where the catheter is implanted, as well as intravenous (IV) pain relief along with a sedative.

Dr. Jagjeet Deshmukh

The test is performed for a variety of reasons :

  • By widening the valve opening, it enhance valve function and blood flow.
  • Open heart surgery and valve replacement should be stopped or delayed.

20th January 2017

There are four valves in the heart, each at the exit of one of the four chambers of the heart-the aortic valve, pulmonary valve, mitral valve, and tricuspid valve. These valves are open and close to control the flow of blood from one chamber to the next and are essential for the heart and circulatory system to function efficiently. When narrowing is present, balloon valvuloplasty is used mainly to treat pulmonary, mitral, and aortic valves.