TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Intervention) is a treatment for Aortic Valve Stenosis (AS). AS can lead to chest pain, blackouts, heart failure and death if left untreated.
Mr Gilchrist had his TAVI done as a day-case procedure- Into hospital in the morning, out in the evening. Dr Malik did a series of such cases at the height of the 1st wave of COVID. It proves it can be done! In the second wave, he hopes that the NHS will not cancel as many elective cases-such as TAVI and cancer, where delays may lead to bad outcome.
Watch the procedure here.
He also published his own story in the papers: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/body/pioneering-heart-surgery-saved-life-lockdown/