Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
A Minimally Invasive Procedure to Treat Aortic Stenosis
What is Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement?
What type of procedure is it?
TAVR is a heart procedure that involves threading a small tube, called a catheter, through an artery in the leg or chest and up to the heart. A replacement valve is then implanted within the narrowed valve, allowing for improved blood flow.
How long does the procedure usually take?
When is it recommended to have TAVR surgery?
What happens during Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement?
What do you need to do before the procedure?
What should you do after the procedure?
What are the post-procedural recommendations?
After the procedure, patients will need to stay in the hospital for a day or two for monitoring and recovery. They may need to take medications to prevent blood clots and avoid strenuous activity for several weeks. Long-term care will require not smoking, a healthy diet low in salt and saturated fat, exercising regularly, and maintaining a healthy weight.
What are the possible complications, and how likely are they to occur?
How long will you need to stay in the hospital after the procedure?
Most patients may need to stay in the ICU for 1-2 days for observation with another 2-3 days of recovery time in the hospital. They can return home typically within 3-5 days.
How long will it take to fully recover after the procedure?
In conclusion, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement is a minimally invasive procedure that can be a safe and effective treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are considered high-risk for traditional open-heart surgery. While there are some risks associated with the procedure, they are generally low, and the benefits of improved blood flow can be significant. If you have severe aortic stenosis and are considered high-risk for open-heart surgery, talk to your doctor about whether TAVR may be an appropriate treatment option for you.
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