Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a procedure to replace the aortic heart valve. Your doctor will use a catheter to put in your new heart valve. You won't need open-heart surgery.
TAVR is often done through a cut (incision) in the groin. But sometimes a small cut is made in the chest. Your doctor will use a tube called a catheter and special tools that fit inside it. The doctor puts the catheter into a blood vessel and moves it into the heart.
An artificial valve fits inside the catheter. Your doctor will move the new valve into your damaged valve. It will expand and work in place of the old valve.
You will probably be asleep for the procedure.
You will have to stay in the hospital for a few days.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test
results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you
can expect. And it will help you safely prepare.
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Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology & Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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