The least invasive option for aortic valve replacement is the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure. TAVR is also known as transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and percutaneous aortic valve replacement.
During this procedure, the replacement valve is delivered by a thin, flexible tube called a catheter. The catheter moves from a small incision in the groin through an artery to the heart.
Benefits of TAVR
Northwest Regional Heart & Vascular surgeons are able to replace most aortic valves with either TAVR or minimally invasive surgery. TAVR is the least invasive option. It can be good choice for patients at too high a risk for minimally invasive surgery or open-chest surgery.
TAVR patients typically have shorter hospital stays than surgical patients. They also usually have no lifting restrictions during their recovery and have less pain and risk of infection.
Who is a good candidate for TAVR?
Your age, heart condition, overall health and other factors help you and your cardiology team decide which option is best for you. Often TAVR is suggested for older patients at greater risk from surgery, while younger patients benefit from the proven greater durability of valves that can be placed using different methods.