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Sequoia Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute is proud to offer Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), that allows for valve replacement without opening a patient’s chest.

What Is TAVR?

Aortic Stenosis is a progressive narrowing of the aortic valve resulting in reduction of blood flow out of the heart. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that treats aortic valve stenosis for those who are too frail or ill for traditional open heart surgery. It provides relief of aortic stenosis symptoms by restoring normal aortic valve function and improving overall quality of life and extending life expectancy. The procedure takes place in the Cardiac Catheterization lab in Sequoia Hospital, and is staffed by an expert team of surgical and intervention specialists.

Benefits of TAVR

  • Faster recovery times
  • Less pain
  • Improvement in quality of life

What Happens During The TAVR Procedure?

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. 

How Do I Know If I’m A Good TAVR Candidate?

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.

How Long Will I Be In The Hospital?

Typically about one to three days. Recovery emphasizes early ambulation and return to normal everyday activities.

What Should I Expect During The Recovery Process?

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.

Learn More About TAVR

To learn more about our services and how we can help, please call us at (888) 988-9672. To find a doctor, please visit our online Find a Doctor.