The TAVR Program

TAVR – Transcatheter aortic valve replacement

The expert team at UCHealth was one of the first heart programs in the country to perform transcatheter aortic valve replacement, a cutting-edge, minimally-invasive procedure that replaces damaged aortic valves. 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.

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 as an option to 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.

What is the TAVR 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.

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

TVAR - Transcatheter aortic valve replacement

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