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TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement)

The first to perform TAVR in Northwest Indiana, our Structural Heart and Valve team is on the cutting-edge of offering this groundbreaking procedure with excellent outcomes. The TAVR procedure is performed at Community Hospital in our state-of-the-art Hybrid OR, which combines high-quality interventional imaging systems with complex open and minimally-invasive surgeries.

What is TAVR?

TAVR is a minimally-invasive surgery where a damaged aortic valve is replaced through the use of a catheter inserted into an artery in the leg and delivered and implanted in the heart. This minimally-invasive approach saves the patient from having to endure the rigors of open heart bypass surgery.

During a TAVR procedure, a team of interventional and structural cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons perform an aortic valve replacement without removing the original damaged valve. Instead, a replacement valve is delivered through a catheter to the site of the aortic valve. Once the new valve is expanded, it pushes the original valve leaflets out of the way and the tissue in the replacement valve takes over the job of regulating blood flow. Traditional valve replacement requires an open heart procedure with a “sternotomy” that surgically opens the chest during the procedure. TAVR, in contrast, is performed through very small openings that leave the chest intact.

To make an appointment and learn more about whether TAVR is right for you, call our Structural Heart & Valve Center at 219-703-5301.