TAVR - Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

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TAVR - 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.


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.


Heart Valve Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Columbia

177 Fort Washington Ave., 5C–501
New York, New York 10032
(212) 342-0444
Email: heartvalveinfo@columbia.edu

William Acquavella Heart Valve Center
New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center

525 East 68th Street, Room F439
New York, NY 10065
Phone: 646-697-8258 (646-NYP-VALVE)
Fax: 212-746-8432