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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

What is Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)?

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.

How is Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Performed?

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.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) at NewYork-Presbyterian

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) has progressed dramatically in terms of device technologies and patient selection due, in large part, to the transformative work of interventional cardiologists and cardiac surgeons at NewYork-Presbyterian.

Our physicians have served and continue to serve as principal investigators in landmark trials related to transcatheter valve therapies, including multicenter studies for aortic and mitral valve disease, and now tricuspid valve disease.

NewYork-Presbyterian’s cardiac specialists are currently performing more than 500 Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) cases per year. 70% of our patients are discharged in two days or less.

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Heart Valve Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/ Columbia

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

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