TAVR is an advanced heart valve replacement procedure performed at Yuma Regional Medical Center. It is performed on patients with severe aortic valve stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve) who have been determined to be at moderate risk, high risk or too sick to undergo traditional open heart surgery. This less invasive procedure allows the cardiovascular surgeon to insert a prosthetic valve without removing the damaged valve. Once in place, the new heart valve is intended to function like a normal, healthy valve and enable proper blood flow.
The TAVR procedure can be performed through different approaches: through the leg artery (transfemoral), in the chest between the ribs (transapical), or through a small incision at the top of the chest (transaortic). To perform this state-of-the-art procedure, the cardiovascular surgeon partners with a team of highly-trained physicians and they work closely together to evaluate the patient’s condition, perform the procedure and monitor the patient’s progress. The TAVR procedure is performed in a specially-built hybrid operating room located in the Cardiac Catheterization department that combines the diagnostic functions of a cath lab with the surgical functionality of an operating room.
The recovery time for patients who undergo a TAVR procedure is less than it is for those who undergo traditional open heart surgery, and patients are usually able to go home from the hospital within three days.
For more information about the TAVR procedure or to learn if you may be a candidate, please contact one of our cardiothoracic surgeons at 928-336-1675.