Aortic valve replacement is a surgical procedure used to treat aortic valve disease, in which the leaky (regurgitant) or stiff (stenotic) heart valve (regurgitation) is removed and a new valve is sutured in its place. Less invasive techniques have made this procedure more accessible to higher risk patients.
TAVR – Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
This is a less invasive alternative for non-surgical candidates and patients at especially high risk for traditional aortic valve surgery. It involves a catheter inserted into an artery or directly into the hearts chambers to direct an artificial heart valve to the site of the poorly functioning native aortic valve. Unlike conventional valve replacement, valves replaced using this method are delivered with a stent.