Also called: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
TAVR is used for the treatment of a narrowed aortic valve that fails to open properly (aortic stenosis). It is a minimally-invasive procedure, and most patients spend one or two days recovering in the hospital after the procedure.
Generally, a TAVR is performed with a small incision or needle puncture to access the femoral artery in the groin. Then, the valve replacement is done using a catheter. Compared to open-heart surgery, patients have a shorter hospital stay and a shorter recovery period when they have an aortic valve replacement using this method.
Before having a TAVR at UAMS Health, you will see both an interventional cardiologist and a cardiothoracic surgeon to discuss treatment options and choose the best option for you. This team approach is what sets our heart care apart. Throughout the process, you are part of the conversation and you are kept informed of your options.
Evaluation for a TAVR includes having a coronary angiogram, an echocardiogram, and a CT scan of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis.