Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Aortic valve disease can decrease quality of life and lead to serious complications, including heart failure.
At St. Luke’s Health–The Woodlands Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Institute, our experts specialize in the latest treatment options, including minimally invasive catheter-based techniques, and provide individualized treatment plans for each patient.
TAVR offers a minimally invasive valve replacement option for people with severe aortic stenosis and for patients with previous failing surgical tissue aortic valve replacements.
Severe aortic stenosis is a condition in which the aortic valve does not fully open, decreasing blood flow from the heart to the body.
Many people with severe aortic stenosis develop debilitating symptoms that can restrict normal daily activities.
For many years, treatment options for severe heart valve conditions were limited to open heart surgery and medical therapy.
Now, TAVR offers a less invasive approach for people who are at increased surgical risk or have been turned down for traditional aortic valve replacement because of age or other medical conditions.
What to Expect With Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
When referred to the TAVR program at The Heart and Vascular Institute, you will have a thorough evaluation by a multidisciplinary team of heart valve specialists. If you are a candidate for TAVR, you may expect:
No need to open the chest to perform open heart surgery
Smaller incision or no incision at all
Less anesthesia due to safer use of sedation and shorter time in operating room
Shorter length of stay in the hospital and faster recovery time