What happens during the TAVR procedure?
During TAVR, the surgeon attaches the replacement heart valve onto a balloon and inserts the balloon into the body via catheter through the patient’s leg or chest while the patient is under general anesthesia. The new valve is positioned into the faulty aortic valve and the balloon is inflated, precisely positioning the replacement valve.
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 evaluate your results and determine the best way to treat your aortic stenosis.
How long will I be in the hospital?
Typically three to five days. Following the procedure, patients initially recover in the Critical Care Unit. Transfer to a step-down unit is expected in 24 hours or less. Recovery emphasizes early ambulation and a return to normal everyday activities.
What should I expect during the recovery process?
Since TAVR requires only a small incision, most patients can return to normal activities within a few days, much faster than with traditional valve replacement surgery.
Talk to your physician to determine if TAVR is right for you. To find a doctor, please call (661) 324-7070 or visit our online Find a Doctor tool. For TAVR-related questions, please contact our Structural Heart Program Coordinator at (661) 541-0417.