An innovative procedure to replace the aortic valve without traditional surgery Lahey Hospital & Medical Center now offers a new minimally invasive treatment for patients with severe aortic stenosis (valve narrowing). Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is currently approved as an alternative treatment for patients who cannot undergo open heart surgery, or 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.
About the Procedure
The TAVR procedure takes place in the Landsman Hybrid Operating Room, which features a full surgical operating suite, as well as a full catheterization laboratory imaging suite. During the procedure, a catheter is inserted either into the patients’ groin, or directly into the lower part of their heart muscle, and a balloon-expandable aortic valve is positioned and deployed within their existing valve, helping expand the passageway. After the procedure, which requires a short hospital stay, most patients feel the immediate benefit of improved blood flow.
Our newly created Transcatheter Valve Clinic (TCVC), designed as a multidisciplinary approach to evaluate patients requiring valve care, will screen prospective patients 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. View a video of the procedure here.
To learn more about our TAVR program, please contact Sheri Soucy at 781.744.8282 (TCVC) or Sheri.L.Soucy@lahey.org.