Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
The Less Invasive Therapy for Severe Aortic Stenosis
The idea of open heart surgery to replace an aortic valve can feel scary. Luckily for more and more patients, the less invasive TAVR heart procedure may be an option.
Unlike open heart surgery, in which an incision is made across the full length of your chest to remove the unhealthy valve, TAVR uses a catheter to implant a new valve within your diseased valve. TAVR can be performed in multiple ways but the most common is through an incision in the leg.
With this less invasive valve procedure, people may return to daily activities sooner than with open heart surgery. The procedure may shorten the aortic valve replacement recovery time, which is why more patients are talking to their doctor about it.
Other TAVR benefits include:
To find out if TAVR is right for you, start first with your primary care provider or cardiologist and they will help make the determination. A referral from a PCP or cardiologist is required.
Your personal health history will be needed to determine your best treatment option. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have a history of any of the following:
- Atrial fibrillation (AFib)
- Prior open heart surgery
- Fatigue (low energy)
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Frailty (weakness)
- Prior chest radiation
- Coronary artery disease
- Kidney failure
The Northern Light Cardiothoracic Surgery Structural Heart Center team is made up of the following surgeons, interventional cardiologists, non-invasive cardiologists, and other knowledgeable professionals, including:
John D. Klemperer, MD, FACS, surgeon
Matthew S. McKay, MD, FACC, interventional cardiologist
David Pantino, MD, surgeon
Darrell Hoffman, MD, surgeon
Guillermo J. Crespo, MD, interventional cardiologist
Isidore C. Okere, MD, interventional cardiologist
Chae C. Choi, MD, FACC, non-invasive cardiologist
Eddy Karnabi, MD, PhD, FACC, FASE, non-invasive cardiologist
Christopher D. Lang, MD, FACC, non-invasive cardiologist
Sverrir Gunnarsson, MD, non-invasive cardiologist
Diane Hill, FNP-C, clinical coordinator
Ann M. Johansen, FNP, clinical coordinator
It is important to note that patients must be referred to Structural Heart Center by their primary care provider or cardiologist, although you are welcome to call us at any time with questions. To learn more about Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), please contact us at 207-973-8054