A transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a common treatment for aortic valve disease. A narrowed or damaged aortic valve can prevent adequate blood flow, causing fatigue, chest pain, and in severe cases, heart failure. During a TAVR, a new valve is implanted in the faulty valve to restore normal blood flow out of your aorta. Another name for this procedure is transcatheter aortic valve implantation, or TAVI.
As part of our comprehensive cardiology services, Dignity Health Center California offers transcatheter aortic valve replacement at our advanced heart centers. With skilled cardiac surgeons who specialize in healing heart and valve problems, we’re dedicated to preserving the vitality and longevity of your heart.
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What to Expect from TAVR Surgery at Dignity Health Central California
A TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure, meaning your surgeon will access your heart valve through a small incision. With the help of computerized instruments, a thin instrument is guided to your heart where the replacement takes place.
The old valve isn’t removed. Instead, a new valve is put inside the damaged one so it can take over the old valve’s functions. Although this is a closed-heart procedure, it takes place at one of our hospitals, where a team of cardiac specialists will be present during your surgery.
Recovering After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
As with most minimally invasive surgeries, your recovery time will be shorter than it would be with open heart valve surgery. You can expect to stay in our hospital for just a few days after TAVR. During your stay, your care team will monitor your progress.
Before you go home, your doctor will provide thorough aftercare instructions. These may include care for your incision, activity restrictions, and taking any prescribed medications.
After a TAVR, blood can flow normally from your heart and throughout your body. This procedure can lessen or completely reverse your symptoms, including chest pain and persistent fatigue. Talk to your doctor at Dignity Health Central California about the benefits of a transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
Dignity Health Central California treats aortic valve disease with TAVR in Bakersfield and Stockton, CA.