Traditionally, when a person is diagnosed with aortic stenosis, open heart surgery was the only option to treat this disorder. We now have new less invasive valve replacement options to treat diseased aortic valves. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) was initially approved by the FDA in 2011 as an alternative to open heart surgery in patients who were high-risk for surgery. Continued advancements in this technology and excellent results allowed for FDA approval for its expanded use in patients who are at intermediate or medium risk for valve replacement surgery.
The TAVR procedure involves an interventional cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon working together to replace the aortic valve using catheters through a small incision from the leg artery or in the chest wall. We currently use the Edwards Sapien 3 valve which has the lowest valve delivery profile of commercially available transcatheter valves. Unlike traditional surgery, the heart is not stopped or put on a bypass machine, which has resulted in shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery times.
The TAVR procedure
Aortic stenosis - illustration
TAVR Procedure Videos
To schedule a new patient or to be evaluated for this procedure, please call our Valve Coordinator, Mary Petersen, RN, at 314-205-6396 or email her at Heart.Valve@stlukes-stl.com.