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.
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.
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,
In the transfemoral approach, the valve is delivered via a catheter through the femoral artery.
In the transapical approach, the valve is delivered via a catheter through the apex of the heart.
In the transaortic approach, the valve is delivered via catheter through an incision in the front of
Valve Clinic Team
Scott Ross, MD
John Spratt, MD
Troy Bunting, MD
Kenneth Hanger, MD
Matthew O’Steen, MD
Scott Woodfield, MD
For more information, call the TAVR Coordinator at (843) 606-TAVR.