Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement - TAVR
TAVR is an innovative valve replacement treatment for aortic stenosis. It delivers a new valve in a minimally invasive way, without removing the faulty valve.
The Porter Institute for Valvular Heart Disease is one of only a few centers in the Philadelphia area with the expertise to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
Candidates for TAVR
Standard valve replacement surgery is a good option for many patients. TAVR, however, is appropriate for those who cannot have valve surgery, including older patients, those at high risk for surgery, or those who were previously not eligible for surgery.TAVR recently won FDA approval.
In TAVR, a catheter, or tube, is threaded from a small incision in the groin or side. The catheter has a balloon tip holding a collapsed replacement valve. When the balloon tip expands, so does the new valve, moving into place. Blood flows after the tip deflates. The process is similar to angioplasty.
TAVR eliminates the need for open-chest surgery or the use of a heart-lung machine.