Percutaneous valve program
The percutaneous valve program is one of Australia’s leading centres in the development of less invasive and safer therapies for the treatment of valvular heart disease including aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation.
The program allows many common valvular conditions to be treated without the need for open heart surgery via small incision in the groin or chest wall area. Therapies for pulmonary and tricuspid valves are also offered by the service.
The program coordinates a patients journey for those undergoing structural cardiac procedures including:
- trans-catheter aortic valve implant (TAVI)
- mitra-clip procedure
- mitral valves
- tricuspid valves
- pulmonic valves
- other percutaneous structural procedures
Patients will undergo assessments for workup which includes:
- clinical assessment – cardiology and cardiothoracic surgical assessment
- an echocardiogram
- a cardiac angiogram – R) and L) heart study
- CT scan
- carotid ultrasound
- respiratory assessment test (breathing test) and 6MWT
- other tests may be necessary.
A percutaneous valve team meeting of various health professionals will discuss the results of the assessment and recommend the best treatment option. Patients will then be listed for their procedure as directed or referred back to medical teams.
How to access this service
To access this service, your GP or medical practitioner will need to send a referral letter to the hospital.
If there is a waiting list for your outpatient appointment, you will receive a confirmation letter and be advised on what to do next. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time for your outpatient appointment.
What to bring
- Your Medicare card
- Private health insurance card (if you have one)
- Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
- Current medications (prescription, over the counter and herbal medicine)
- Relevant x-rays, scans or any other test results or reports
- Glasses, hearing aids and mobility aids
- Your appointment letter
- Any special items listed on your letter
- WorkCover claim number (if relevant)
- Snacks, a drink or money to buy refreshments
- Something to read or do while you wait
- An adult carer to support you and take you home
- Copy of Advanced Healthcare Directive or Enduring Power of Attorney (if you have one)
- A jacket or cardigan in case you get cold
- A dressing gown or cardigan, sleepwear or comfortable day clothes
- Slippers and shoes (low heel, closed-in, non-slip, adjustable and firm fitting around the foot)
- Your toiletries and personal items
- Copy of Advanced Healthcare Directive or Enduring Power of Attorney if you have one
- Something to read or do during your stay
- Medical devices required for your care (e.g. CPAP machine)
- Do not bring large amounts of cash or valuables such as jewellery, watches or other items of value to you
- Professor Darren Walters (Interventional Cardiologist and Program Lead)
- Dr K Poon ( Interventional Cardiologist)
- Dr C Raffel ( Interventional Cardiologist)
- Dr A Clarke ( Cardiothroacic surgery )
- Dr G Scalia ( Echocardiologist)
- Dr C Hamilton-Craig ( Echocardiology and Imaging)
- Dr D Platts ( Echocardiologist Heart Failure)
- Dr N Bett ( Cardiologist)
- Dr A Crouch ( Geriatrician )
- Dr C Pulle ( Geriatrician)
- Clinical Nurse Consultant
- Clinical Nurse
Location: Level 1, Main Building, The Prince Charles Hospital
Phone: (07) 3139 4207
Need help outside hours?
For non-urgent medical issues call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit your GP.
In an emergency call 000.
Refer a patient
To refer a patient to an outpatient clinic, view the Cardiology referral guideline.
Referral hotline: 1300 364 938