Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

One of the most promising procedures for select patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve opening) is Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). TAVR allows doctors to implant a device into a heart valve without open surgery.

TAVR

During TAVR, surgeons insert a catheter into a blood vessel through a small incision in the patient's leg. They then guide it to the heart, where they carefully position the device in the valve and retract the catheter.

The patient remains under general anesthesia throughout the procedure and may be discharged from the hospital within 48 hours. There is no surgical wound beyond the small puncture mark where surgeons inserted the catheter. After the procedure, this is covered with a small adhesive strip.

NewYork-Presbyterian physicians were the principle investigators of the national clinical trials establishing the effectiveness of this minimally invasive procedure.

Contact

Heart Valve Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Columbia

177 Fort Washington Ave., 5C–501
New York, New York 10032
(212) 342-0444

William Acquavella Heart Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell

525 East 68th Street, Suite M 404
New York, NY 10065
Cardiac Surgery: (212) 746-5194
Thoracic Surgery: (212) 746-5156
ctsurgery@med.cornell.edu