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TAVR Care Team

What is TAVR?

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a less invasive procedure than open heart surgery. This procedure uses a catheter to implant a new valve within your diseased valve.

How is the TAVR valve delivered?

TAVR valves can be delivered through multiple approaches, however the most common approach is through a small incision in the leg at the groin. 

What tests are needed to determine if I am a TAVR candidate?

  • Echocardiogram
  • Cardiac Catheterization
  • CTA Scans of chest, abdomen and pelvis

What happens once all the testing  is complete?

The TAVR team will meet and review the test options. They will determine from the test results if the TAVR procedure is right for you.

How long does the TAVR procedure last?

Typically 1-2 hours.

How long do I stay in the hospital?

Typically 1-2 days after the procedure depending on how your recovery is progressing.

Will I have much pain after the procedure?

You may have some discomfort. Some of this depends on the approach of how the TAVR catheter was placed.

When can I drive after the procedure?

In about a week, however, will be determined by your physician. Most people start to drive once they are no longer taking pain medications. Your TAVR team will discuss this with you.

Why Choose Beacon

When you turn to Beacon Health System for heart and vascular care, your team members will work together and with other specialists as needed to give you the care you need. Your team may include:

  • Cardiologists – specially trained in finding, treating and preventing diseases of the heart and blood vessels
  • Cardiothoracic surgeons – operate on organs inside the chest, usually the heart and lungs
  • Vascular surgeons – treat disorders of the vascular system (veins and arteries)
  • Electrophysiologists – focus on your heart’s electrical system and on diagnosing and treating irregular heartbeats or arrhythmia
  • Cardiac nurses – specialize in caring for patients with heart and vascular diseases or conditions
  • Radiologists – review and analyze your imaging tests
  • Perfusionists – operate heart and lung machines during certain surgeries and procedures
  • Care coordinators – direct you and your family to resources that help you manage your care and cope with the emotional and financial stresses of a heart or vascular condition
  • Dietitians – offer guidance for eating to enhance recovery and coping with eating issues caused by treatment side effects
  • Social workers and discharge planners – help you prepare for the care you need after you leave the hospital