TAVR/TAVI at CHI Franciscan
A transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), also called transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), is a minimally invasive procedure to replace a diseased aortic heart valve without removing the existing one. Your doctor may recommend this procedure if you have aortic stenosis, a condition in which the aortic valve doesn’t fully open, or if you aren’t a candidate for traditional aortic valve replacement due to age or other health conditions.
TAVR: How it works
TAVR can be a life-changing procedure for people who can’t undergo traditional surgery. We’ll discuss the exact procedure with you in depth, including how we’ll access the valve through a blood vessel (usually in the groin). Two specially trained physicians — a cardiac surgeon and an interventional cardiologist — will perform the procedure. In general, your doctors will:
- Place you under general anesthesia
- Make small incisions at your access point
- Using a thin tube called a catheter, place a replacement valve into the aortic valve; It becomes a “valve within a valve"
- Expand the new valve, which pushes the old valve out of the way; the replacement valve takes over the job of regulating blood flow in and out of the heart
TAVR benefits for you
Instead of opening your chest, surgeons can access the aortic valve using a catheter. Potential advantages of TAVR over traditional valve replacement surgery include:
- A faster recovery because there is no large incision
- A shorter hospital stay, with most patients discharged directly to home to complete their recovery
- Having a treatment option if you’re not a candidate for traditional valve surgery because of your age or other health conditions
Find out if TAVR is right for you
Call 253-426-6700 to speak to our Valve Clinic coordinator.
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