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During TAVR, the doctor will obtain access through an artery, typically in your leg, and guide a long tube (sheath) into this blood vessel. The doctor will use a special x-ray photo, called fluoroscopy, for the precise implantation of the valve. Once the new valve is in place, the doctor will conduct a test to confirm the valve is working properly, the sheath will be removed, the cut will be closed and the procedure will be complete.
An Anesthesiologist will be present and providing you with sedation medication/anesthesia for the duration of the procedure.
TAVR is approved by the FDA for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are too frail or high-risk for traditional open heart surgery. After extensive testing, our cardiovascular services team will determine the best way to treat your aortic stenosis.
Typically about one to three days. Recovery emphasizes early ambulation and return to normal everyday activities.
Because TAVR requires only a small incision, most patients can return to normal activities within one week, much faster than with traditional valve replacement surgery.
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