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HCM City (VNA) – Doctors at the Ho Chi Minh City University Medical Centre have successfully performed a TAVI (trans-catheter Aortic Valve Implementation) operation on two elderly patients.

TAVI is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that can be done through very small openings that leave all the chest bones in place.

The TAVI procedures were done on December 30, 2015 on an 81-year-old man from HCM City’s district 12 and a 78-year-old woman from Central Highlands Gia Lai province.

On December 28, the man was sent to the hospital’s emergency ward due to breathing difficulties. He was diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis. He also had type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney failure.

The woman patient had suffered from aortic valve stenosis for several years. She had not undergone standard valve replacement surgery due to poor health conditions.

The two patients are in stable condition.

In total, eight patients have undergone the TAVI procedures since the technique was applied in Vietnam three years ago.-VNA