The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation team or TAVI team at Jessa Ziekenhuis successfully completed two implants of a new type of percutaneous aortic prosthetic valve in October 2014. This was a first in Belgium. This second-generation artificial valve offers a number of benefits over the existing valves. The percutaneous aortic prosthetic valves are usually implanted via the femoral artery. Every year 10 to 15 patients are eligible for such a procedure. For these patients the traditional procedure is too risky or impossible. Intervention cardiologist Dr. Edouard Benit and cardiac surgeon Dr. Urbain Mees explain.