Heart & Vascular Care Institute

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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Freeman is the first and only hospital in our area to provide TAVR, a procedure for patients with severe aortic stenosis (narrowing of the valve in the aorta) who can’t risk open-heart surgery.

TAVR is a minimally-invasive procedure in which a folded valve is slipped into a catheter, inserted through the groin and threaded up to the heart through the arteries. When the valve reaches its destination near the heart, a balloon inflates to open the valve and secure its position in the artery. Performed in a state-of-the-art hybrid operating room,

TAVR is done while the heart remains pumping, eliminating the need for a heart-lung machine. The procedure takes an average of 45 minutes to two hours and is done under general anesthesia. Freeman’s median length of in-patient stay post-procedure is 2.06 days.

TAVR patients begin with a referral to Freeman’s Structural Heart Program, which features a collaborative team of interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and echocardiologists. This team focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the valves and other vital structures of the heart, providing personalized, coordinated care for the patient.

Patients go through a comprehensive screening process with the structural heart team prior to the procedure, and then that same team of physicians place the patient’s new heart valve.

The Structural Heart Program features:

  • Collaborative team of interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and echocardiologists.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the valves and other vital structures of the heart.
  • Personalized, coordinated care and comprehensive range of medical and surgical treatment options for patients throughout the region.

To schedule an appointment with a Freeman cardiologist, call 417.347.5000.