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TAVR Cardiac Procedure

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If you or someone you love has severe aortic stenosis but is not a good candidate for open-heart surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery is an excellent option to consider. Performed through a catheter, this minimally invasive procedure allows a new valve to be implanted within the diseased native valve while the heart is still beating. Highly skilled surgeons perform this procedure at The Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.

An evaluation and consultation with a Cardiologist from AtlantiCare Physician Group or one of its affiliates can help determine whether traditional surgical aortic valve replacement is the right aortic stenosis solution or if the advanced TAVR procedure is a better alternative and, if so, which TAVR approach would be appropriate.

Three TAVR approaches, numerous advantages

  • The TAVR procedure can be performed through one of three different approaches:
  • Transfemoral (through an incision in the leg)
  • Transapical (through an incision in the chest between the ribs)
  • Transaortic (through an incision in the upper chest)

Regardless of the approach, patients typically feel better immediately and recover faster.

Other advantages of TAVR include improvement in symptoms, fewer days in the ICU, shorter hospital stays, faster return to normal activities, lower risk of cardiac and respiratory complications, and less blood loss than conventional surgery.

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