TRANSCATHETER AORTIC VALVE REPLACEMENT - TAVR
Open heart surgery is not your only option when it comes to an aortic heart valve replacement. The highly trained board certified surgeons at Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons of Ventura County, use a groundbreaking procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) that provides a minimally invasive solution to replace damaged aortic valves caused by aortic stenosis.
WHAT IS TAVR?
TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that allows surgeons to insert a healthy replacement valve into your body without removing the old one. This gives you the chance to avoid open heart surgery to replace your aortic valve.
Once the new valve wedges into place and expands, it pushes the old valve leaflets out of the way so the new valve starts regulating blood flow.
Similar to having a stent placed in your artery, TAVR inserts a collapsible replacement valve through a catheter, making it a minimally invasive alternative to open heart surgery.
For high-risk to moderate-risk patients with limited options for repairing their aortic valve, the TAVR procedure can help improve your quality of life without disturbing your entire chest cavity.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A TAVR?
TAVR, also known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve implementation (TAVI), is perfect for patients who may not have been good candidates for open heart surgery in the past, especially those with other medical conditions.
Traditional heart valve replacement involves a sternotomy, or surgically opening the chest cavity.
While the TAVR procedure is not entirely risk-free, it is much less invasive than traditional aortic valve replacement. Because TAVR requires a few small incisions to introduce the cathether and is performed in the cath lab, your surgeon can leave all your chest bones in place throughout the procedure. TAVR can be performed in multiple ways but the most common is through an incision in the leg.
Reduced risk of blood loss
Quicker recovery time with minimal scarring
Shorter hospital stay
Improved quality of life
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE TAVR PROCEDURE?
Traditionally this procedure used to only be available for people who were too sick to undergo open heart surgery. But now, patients with severe aortic stenosis who are symptomatic can be considered.
Most of the patients who opt for this minimally invasive procedure have additional medical conditions that make open-heart surgery more complicated. For this reason, most people who undergo the TAVR procedure are generally older.
There is a better alternative to valve replacement surgery. Call Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons of Ventura County or book an appointment online today to learn more about the TAVR approach.
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