Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
Bradenton Cardiology Center offers the minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure to patients with severe aortic stenosis.
The new TAVR procedure is an alternative to traditional open-heart surgery and can offer an improved quality of life for patients. During the TAVR procedure, a new valve made out of biological material is placed inside the diseased valve, similar to how a stent is placed inside an artery. The TAVR procedure doesn’t require open-heart surgery or removing the old valve. Since TAVR is performed while the heart is beating, there is no need for a heart-lung machine.
During the procedure, a catheter is advanced into the pumping chamber of the heart through an artery in the leg, arm, or directly through the aorta. The new valve is guided through the catheter and positioned inside the diseased aortic valve. The new valve is then inflated to secure it in place.
TAVR is also an alternative for high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis, who may otherwise not be a candidate for open aortic valve replacement.
TAVR can be used to treat heart valve disease (aortic stenosis).