TAVR - Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
Doylestown Health cardiac specialists were among the first in the region to perform an innovative procedure (without open-heart surgery) to replace diseased heart valves in the sickest of patients. TAVR - Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement is performed by a multidisciplinary team of cardiac experts and gives patients a new lease on life.
How Does TAVR Work?
During the valve replacement procedure, a collapsible heart valve is placed into the body via catheter through a femoral artery the groin (transfemoral approach) or through the chest (transapical approach).
What Happens During the TAVR Procedure?
The heart continues to beat therefore cardiopulmonary bypass is not required. The flaps of tissue (valve leaflets) that open and close to regulate the flow of blood in one direction are sewn onto a balloon-expandable steel frame.
The valve is crimped down to the diameter of a pencil, then placed into your body via a catheter through your femoral artery in your groin (transfemoral approach) or through your chest (transapical approach). The delivery system allows for controlled placement which helps to protect the surrounding structures within your heart. Once in place, the transcatheter heart valve functions like a normal, healthy valve with proper blood flow.
Doylestown Health's Heart and Vascular Center was one of the first in the region to offer this advanced heart valve procedure for severe aortic stenosis. The surgery is performed by a multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, interventional radiologists, and cardiothoracic surgeons.
Are You a Candidate for TAVR?
Our expert valve team actively evaluates patients who may be candidates for TAVR. We offer consultation and second opinion services to those seeking heart valve surgery options. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, please call 215.345.2328.