The expert team at UCHealth was one of the first heart programs in the country to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) – a cutting-edge, minimally-invasive procedure that replaces damaged aortic valves in patients who are too sick for open-heart surgery. While there are some surgical components to the procedure, they are minimal and less invasive than open-heart surgery, thereby reducing the recovery time required so you can get back to doing all the things you dream of doing.

What is the TAVR heart surgery / procedure?

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, is an FDA approved procedure that replaces a patient’s aortic valve to increase blood flow and thus produce results in lengthening patients’ lives. This procedure is less invasive than traditional open-heart surgery, as it allows a new valve to be placed within the native, diseased aortic valve through a catheter.

Often patients are able to go home the next day. The surgery is performed in the hybrid operating room, which is a highly technical room with advanced imaging equipment needed for this technical procedure.

Image of TAVR heart surgery / procedure | UCHealth

>> Go to the Edwards Lifesciences website to see an animation of this procedure.

Why choose UCHealth?

When you choose UCHealth for heart and vascular care, you’re taking advantage of our ongoing leadership in using advanced technology to deliver top-quality, patient centered care. As part of this advanced technology, UCHealth is proud to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) as an option to high-risk patients who are not suitable for open-heart surgery. We’re one of few programs to offer two types of valves for your TAVR procedure.

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Regional Information

Only a handful of hospitals in the region are approved to conduct TAVR procedures. Find out more about our expert teams and the TAVR procedure on these UCHealth clinic pages.

Northern Colorado

The Heart Valve Clinic – Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland


Metro Denver

The Heart Valve Clinic – University of Colorado Hospital in metro Denver


Southern Colorado

Cardiac Surgery – Memorial Hospital Central