A new procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) performed at Wesley can replace a diseased heart valve without open-heart surgery.
TAVR does not involve opening the chest at all. It takes place while the patient’s heart is still beating, eliminating the need for stopping the heart and using a heart-lung machine.
If you have been diagnosed with aortic stenosis you may be a candidate for this procedure.
How does it work?
The procedure is performed by a team of cardiovascular physicians in a specialty designed operating room at Wesley.
- First the patient is sedated for the procedure.
- A tiny incision is made near the groin or in a major leg artery.
- The cardiovascular physicians guide a long tube, called a catheter, into the incision and up to the heart.
- The new valve (which has a balloon on its end and has been collapsed into the tube) is placed inside the diseased valve and inflated.
- When the balloon in inflated, the new valve takes the place of the diseased valve. The new valve allows blood to flow from the heart normally.
Unlike open-heart surgery, this minimally invasive treatment results in faster recovery time. The patient feels better very soon and can enjoy an improved quality of life.
TAVR is performed by a team of highlighted trained cardiac physicians and anesthesiologists. Along with specialized nurses and other hospital staff members, they provide compassionate, high-quality care to help patients get back on their feet and active again.