Heart Care

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

There are several treatment options available for your aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve). However, if your cardiac surgeon determines that you are at high risk or too sick for open heart surgery, and your  medication is not helping you feel better, the TAVR procedure may be a good alternative for you.

What is TAVR?

TAVR is a less invasive procedure that allows a new valve to be inserted within your diseased aortic valve while your heart is still beating. The use of a heart-lung machine is usually not required during this procedure.

How is TAVR done?

The TAVR procedure can be performed through three different approaches, a transfemoral, transapical or a transaortic approach. Your doctor will talk with you about which is the best approach for you,


 
Transfemoral
In the transfemoral approach, the valve is delivered via a catheter through the femoral artery.
Transfemoral
 
Transapical
In the transapical approach, the valve is delivered via a catheter through the apex of the heart.
Transapical
 
Transaortic
In the transaortic approach, the valve is delivered via catheter through an incision in the front of
the chest.
Transaortic
 

 
Valve Clinic Team

Cardiothoracic Surgeons
Scott Ross, MD
John Spratt, MD

Interventional Cardiologists
Troy Bunting, MD
Kenneth Hanger, MD
Matthew O’Steen, MD
Scott Woodfield, MD
 

 
For more information, call the TAVR Coordinator at (843) 606-TAVR.
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