A transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) — also known as transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) — is a minimally invasive procedure that enables us to replace a damaged valve without removing it.
Who is a Candidate for TAVR?
TAVR is an option for treating severe aortic stenosis. TAVR differs from standard valve replacement surgery because it can be done through small incisions and does not require a sternotomy, which is a surgical opening of the chest. This key difference significantly improves your recovery time and lowers your risk of infection and complications.
How is TAVR Done?
TAVR is performed with sedation or general anesthesia, and does not require that the heart be stopped. During the procedure,
- A catheter is inserted into the groin, or through another access point if necessary.
- The new valve is introduced into the catheter. X-ray and ultrasound are used to guide the catheter to the site of the damaged aortic valve.
- Once the catheter has reached the damaged valve, a balloon is used to expand the new valve. It pushes the leaflets of the damaged valve aside, and is secured into place.
- The balloon is deflated and removed, and the new valve takes over for your old, damaged valve.
A marine, renowned detective, and motivational speaker twice nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, David Toma has spent his life helping others. Diagnosed with aortic stenosis, Toma turned to Drs. Bart and Joseph De Gregorio to receive the kind of support he was used to providing. He chose Englewood Hospital for a TAVR procedure and personalized care.
Watch the video to learn more about David Toma’s story.