TAVR- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Specialist

Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons of Ventura County

Cardiovascular Surgeons & Thoracic Surgeons located in Oxnard, CA

Open heart surgery is not your only option when it comes to a heart valve replacement. The highly trained staff at Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons of Ventura County in Oxnard, California, use a groundbreaking procedure called TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) that provides a minimally invasive solution to fix damaged heart valves. Call or book an appointment online today to learn more about this alternative valve replacement procedure.

TAVR- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Q & A

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 less risky, minimally invasive alternative to open heart surgery.

For high-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 or TAVI procedure?

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 valve replacement is a serious surgery, one that involves a sternotomy, or surgically opening the chest cavity.

While the TAVR procedure is not entirely risk-free, it doesn’t require nearly as much major surgery as traditional valve replacement. Because TAVR requires only a few incisions in the chest, your surgeon can leave all your chest bones in place throughout the procedure.

That means:

  • Reduced risk of blood loss
  • Less pain
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Shorter hospital stay (typically between 3 and 5 days)
  • Improved quality of life

Am I a good candidate for the TAVR procedure?

If open heart surgery poses an immediate risk to your health and safety, the TAVR procedure may be the best option for you.

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.