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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) allows for valve replacement without opening a patient’s chest.
What Is TAVR?
TAVR is a less invasive procedure for patients with severe aortic valve stenosis who are too frail or ill for traditional open heart surgery to replace their natural aortic valve. It provides both short- and long-term relief of aortic stenosis symptoms by restoring normal aortic valve function and improving overall quality of life and life expectancy. The procedure takes place in a cardiac catheterization laboratory, and is staffed by an expert combination of surgical and intervention specialists as well as other team members.
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 to Know if You're 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 is Hospitalization?
After a TAVR procedure, you'll typically spend about three to five days in the hospital. Following the procedure, patients initially recover in a critical care unit. Transfer to a step down unit is expected in 24 hours or less. Recovery emphasizes early ambulation and return to normal everyday activities.
What to Expect During Recovery
Because 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.