Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
St. Vincent's now offers hope to patients who could not tolerate traditional open heart surgery. The TAVR procedure provides patients that previously had no other options to have a higher quality of life and more time with the people they love.
St. Vincent’s, Leading the Way
St. Vincent’s was the first hospital in the region to offer the TAVR procedure. Our physicians have long been leaders in cardiology and being hand selected by Edwards Life Sciences to offer TAVR to our community continues that tradition.
A game changer for Aortic Stenosis
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a device called the Sapien valve to replace the compromised valve in the heart. Doctors create a small incision through the femoral artery and steer the Sapien valve through a catheter to the heart. The wire mesh valve is then locked into the aortic opening with the aid of an inflatable balloon, replacing the degenerative valve.
A World of Possibilities
The revolutionary TAVR procedure gives high risk surgical patients a chance they didn’t have before. Thousands of individuals suffering from aortic stenosis are now candidates for a healthier heart and can enjoy an easier path to recovery.
Benefits of TAVR
• Avoid the risks of open-heart surgery
• Shorter recovery time
• Shorter hospital stay
• Immediate results
Risks of TAVR
• Possibility of stroke
• Possibility of atrial fibrillation