Demonstrating the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Procedure (Video)
Tampa, Florida (2012)
For patients with aortic stenosis, the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) could be a very good option. How does this procedure get done? First, it's most different from the traditional procedure the open-heart procedure.
The valve will be mounted on a delivery system, which will be prepared in the operating room because of the different sizes. It will be crimped on this ballooned area, in the operating room. This large sheath will be inserted through a tiny incision at the femoral artery or the groin region, and then this catheter system will travel through the femoral artery through the abdomen, all the way to the left ventricle aortic valve position.
Once the position is verified under the x-ray and transesophageal echocardiogram, an inflation device will be hooked up to the delivery catheter. Once we apply the appropriate pressure, the volume will be applied to this delivery system. The valve will then deploy, and it will be sitting in the aortic valve position and will be functioning appropriately as a normal aortic valve.