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TAVR

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure for patients with a narrowing aortic valve (aortic stenosis) that replaces the diseased valve. TAVR is an option for patients who are considered too high risk for traditional open-heart surgery.

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Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

Just as the structures in your heart are special and unique, so are the ways we treat issues affecting them.

That's why the structural heart doctors at HCA Florida Physicians — a family of providers and practices across the state — offer TAVR. TAVR is a minimally invasive surgery in which we replace a failing heart valve without removing the old valve. It can be an alternative for patients who are otherwise unable to be treated surgically with traditional open-heart surgery.

About our TAVR program

Although TAVR is a very good treatment, it's important you discuss this and all your other options with your doctor. They will be able to talk you through the process and help you understand what to expect before, during and after the procedure. To help you get started, here are answers to some commonly asked questions about TAVR:

What is TAVR ?

TAVR is a surgery in which a problem-valve is replaced with an artificial one. The TAVR procedure is minimally invasive, which means it requires smaller incisions and is performed with a catheter (a thin flexible tube). This allows you to have a faster recovery and decreased risk of complications.

Who needs TAVR ?

TAVR is an important procedure because it can be used to treat patients who have an aortic valve thickening or narrowing, which is known as aortic stenosis. Specifically, candidates for TAVR are typically those who are at "extreme risk" or "high risk" of complications with open-heart surgery.

However, it's important you discuss this and all your other options with your doctor. They will be able to talk you through the process and help you understand what to expect before, during and after the procedure.

What doctors perform TAVR ?

Our specialized cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons offer TAVR, but they don't do it alone. They work with teams of heart specialists, including your primary care doctor, cardiologists and others. Working in a close collaboration, they are able to offer you comprehensive heart care.

Interventional cardiologist Kevin Ergle, MD explains the TAVR procedure

Patients with valve damage due to conditions like aortic stenosis may need a valve replacement. Interventional cardiologist Kevin Ergle, MD, explains the TAVR procedure in this video.
Kevin Ergle, MD