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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure to replace a diseased aortic valve without open-heart surgery. During the procedure, an interventional cardiologist and a cardiothoracic surgeon work together to place an expandable heart valve into the body with a tube-based delivery system (catheter), which allows the valve to be inserted through a small incision in areas such as your groin or chest. The new heart valve is then expanded within the existing diseased valve. The TAVR care team uses guidance from x-ray and echocardiography to place and test the new valve. Typically, this procedure takes approximately 1 hour compared to 4 or more hours in open-heart surgery and the average hospital stay is 2 to 4 days.

 

The Heart Valve Center at Chester County Hospital performs the TAVR procedure, an alternative to open heart surgery.
The TAVR Team at The Heart Valve Center at Chester County Hospital

 

Benefits of TAVR

If you need your heart valve replaced due to severe aortic stenosis, TAVR is a less invasive approach to relieve your symptoms and help you recover faster.

Benefits may include:

  • Less invasive and minimal scarring 
  • Shorter hospital stay (normally 2-4 days)
  • Shorter recovery time to getting back to everyday activities
  • Less pain 
  • Improved quality of life
  • Relief of symptoms

 

During Your Hospital Stay

You will be directed to Pre-Procedure Testing, which can be accessed through the Main Entrance. Your anesthesia team will interview you to plan your care. Your surgeon may meet with you as well. 

You will be escorted to the Hybrid Operating Room for the procedure, which will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

After the procedure, you will be observed for a period of time in 1PACU, formerly known as the Recovery Room, for approximately 1-3 hours.  

Once discharged from 1PACU, you will be admitted to an inpatient bed. You must remain lying flat, no bend in the hips or knees, for 6 hours. 

While in the hospital after TAVR, the following examinations will be completed: 

  • Physical exam 
  • Chest X-ray 
  • Blood tests 
  • Telemetry (monitoring of the heart’s rhythm) 

Your doctor will continue to monitor you and a physical therapist will evaluate you and help you start moving as soon as possible. 

You may be given blood-thinning medicine for 6 months and aspirin for the rest of your life, unless otherwise specified by your doctor. Regular check-ups by your doctor are very important.



Meet Our TAVR Team


Muhammad Raza, MD, FACC 

Muhammad Raza, MD, FACC
Medical Director, Structural Heart Disease Program  


Steven J. Weiss, MD, MBA
Chief, Cardiac Surgery, Chester County Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery,
Perelman School of Medicine

  Deon W. Vigilance, MD, MBA
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery,
Perelman School of Medicine
Julie Pitts, MSN, CRNP
Julie Pitts, MSN, CRNP 
Program Manager



CONTACT INFORMATION

The Heart Valve Center at Chester County Hospital
701 East Marshall Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610-738- 2660
Fax: 215-738-2696
Email: PennValve@uphs.upenn.edu

 

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