TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement)
Leesburg-Ocala Heart Institute offers Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) for patients with Aortic Stenosis who were previously considered to be at increased risk or unsuitable for surgical valve replacement with cardiopulmonary bypass. The decision for TAVR is made by a multidisciplinary Heart Team representing specialists in Cardiac Surgery, Interventional Cardiology, Echocardiography, and Cardiac Anesthesia.
TAVR is a way to implant an artificial aortic valve inside the patient’s own aortic valve without undergoing an open incision and placement on a cardiopulmonary bypass machine. Currently it is only performed on patients that are intermediate or high risk for standard aortic valve replacement, and it is only for aortic valves with aortic stenosis.
TAVR still requires general anesthesia and some form of incision for access. There are multiple options for access which will be determined on an individual basis based on patient’s comorbidities and anatomy.