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Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure to insert a new aortic heart valve inside a malfunctioning one. The surgery — also called transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) — is used to treat severe aortic stenosis (narrowing), a condition that restricts the flow of blood through the aorta.
Our heart experts at Dignity Health North State are experienced in treating many cardiovascular disorders in all types of patients, including those at high-risk for open heart surgery. Find a Doctor to learn more about minimally invasive heart procedures, including TAVR, in Northern California.
Typically, aortic valve replacement is performed with an open heart surgery, where the heart is accessed through a large incision in your chest. However, if your overall health makes it too risky to undergo open heart surgery, your Dignity Health North State doctor will likely recommend TAVR.
A successful surgery restores blood flow out of the heart, and relieves complications of aortic valve stenosis — such as, heart failure, fainting, and irregular heart rhythms.
TAVR is always performed under general anesthesia. The procedure is fairly complex, and requires a team of medical professionals from many specialties, including cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and radiology.
During the procedure, your surgeon will access the aortic valve through a major artery in your chest or groin. A catheter (long, flexible tube) is carefully guided through the artery to the heart, and is used to implant the new valve. TAVR does not involve removing the malfunctioning valve — the replacement valve sits inside the old valve and takes over regulating blood flow through the heart.
If complications arise during surgery, it may be necessary to convert your procedure to an open heart aortic valve replacement — also called surgical aortic valve replacement, or SAVR.
Recovery from TAVR generally takes less time than open heart surgery. You can expect to remain in the hospital up to five days for observation.
When you are ready to go home, your Dignity Health North State heart care team will provide you with detailed instructions,including how to care for your incision, an outline of your prescription medication regimen, and your limitations for physical activity.
We are committed to providing high-quality health care to our Northern California communities. Learn more about the values that drive Dignity Health North State’s services.
Dignity Health North State provides surgical expertise for complex procedures, such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery, in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding. CA.