New option for patients with inoperable aortic stenosis
Until now, the only option for people who needed to have an aortic valve replaced was open-heart surgery.
Now, a revolutionary, catheter-based procedure allows surgeons to replace an aortic valve entirely from within the heart—without open-heart surgery. The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) uses a special, expandable valve made by Edwards Life-sciences Company. The Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care heart care team is the first program in northern and central Wisconsin to offer this new procedure.
TAVR is done in a hybrid cath lab / OR suite and is performed by the cardiologist and cardiovascular surgeon. A wire with the artificial valve at the tip is threaded through blood vessels to the aortic valve in the heart.
The artificial valve is placed in the diseased, natural aortic valve and seated on top of it. The wires are, then pulled back through the blood vessels and taken out of the body. This procedure is much less invasive, but it is typically reserved for those patients who have aortic stenosis, but who are not good candidates for open-heart surgery. In the past, these patients had little hope for long-term survival.
TAVR is a life-saving, breakthrough procedure. Individuals may refer themselves (or be referred by their health care providers) to the Marshfield Clinic and Ministry Health Care heart care team to find out if they are candidates for this procedure.
Watch a video of the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure.
For more information, contact oneheartcareteam.org.