• Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

    Lahey Hospital & Medical Center offers Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), an innovative procedure to replace the aortic valve without traditional surgery.

    TAVR is a minimally invasive treatment for patients with severe aortic stenosis (valve narrowing). It is approved as an alternative treatment for patients who cannot undergo open heart surgery, or who are considered to be at high risk for complications from traditional valve replacement surgery.

    We are able to offer this new and unique procedure due to the collaborative culture and dedication of the entire Cardiovascular Medicine, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Radiology, and Anesthesia teams at Lahey.
     

    About the Procedure 

    The TAVR procedure takes place in either the Landsman Hybrid Operating Room, which features a full surgical operating suite, or our recently constructed advanced structural heart catheterization laboratory.

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    During the procedure, a catheter is inserted into the patients’ groin and a balloon-expandable aortic valve is positioned and deployed within their existing valve, helping expand the passageway.   For the occasional patient who has severe peripheral arterial disease making it difficult to use the arteries of the groin, an alternative approach directly through the chest wall with a minimal incision is also possible.   After the procedure, which requires only a very short hospital stay, most patients feel the immediate benefit of improved blood flow. 

    TCVC Clinic

    At our Transcatheter Valve Clinic (TCVC), designed as a multidisciplinary approach to evaluate patients requiring valve care, prospective patients are screened to determine if they are candidates for the TAVR procedure. 

    Patients who require a valve replacement procedure will visit the TCVC clinic, where they will see a cardiologist, a cardiothoracic surgeon, an advanced practitioner, and a nurse navigator, all in one visit. This team then works together to carefully analyze the patients’ condition and create an individualized treatment plan that best fits their needs, whether it is TAVR, or traditional valve replacement surgery. 

    Watch a video of the procedure here.

     
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