Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure that replaces your damaged aortic valve with an artificial valve. The procedure is similar to the installation of a stent and offers a shorter recovery time than traditional valve-replacement surgery.

TAVR may be a good option for you if you have aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve) and have been deemed a poor candidate for traditional valve replacement surgery. TAVR is significantly less invasive than traditional valve replacement.

In a traditional replacement, a cardiac surgeon opens the patient’s chest to replace the valve. In a TAVR procedure, the surgeon performs the replacement by threading a catheter through the transfemoral artery in your leg or through a small incision in your chest. Generally, a TAVR requires a three- to five-day hospital stay, considerably shorter than a traditional valve replacement.