The Ministry of Health said that a team of doctors in Al-Khadra General Hospital had succeeded in implanting an aortic valve for a patient using “TAVI” procedure, which is considered a world modern technology.

The director of the hospital, Mohammed Al-Rajehi, said that this type of procedure is being conducted for the first time in the public sector in Libya, and it is considered one of the advanced medical techniques that are used to perform the operation of changing, amending, or replacing the damaged or narrowed aortic valve through cardiac catheterization without any surgery.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Saad Al-Deen Abdelwakeel, hailed the efforts of the medical team that performed the procedure, expressing his confidence in the ability of national cadres to harness medical technology to serve and treat patients with international technologies.

"TAVI" allows oxygen-rich blood to flow to the rest of the body by replacing the damaged valve with an artificial one. It is a good alternative to open-heart surgery, especially for patients who suffer from narrowing or calcification of the aortic valve.