Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an innovative procedure that delivers replacement valves via catheter for patients with severe aortic stenosis. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was one of only two hospitals in the state who participated in clinical trials to test this procedure. We also offer some of the most sophisticated replacement devices, including the Sapien Transcatheter Aortic Replacement Valve. 

Aortic stenosis is an abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve. This condition prevents heart valves from functioning properly and forces the heart to work harder to pump blood. Eventually, this extra work can weaken your heart to the point that surgical repair is more risky than the structural heart disease itself. However, without some form of treatment, this condition can cause a life-threatening heart condition. 

How does Transcatheter aortic valve replacement work? 

  • We give you medication to put you to sleep. 
  • An interventional cardiologist makes an incision in your artery and inserts a thin, spaghetti-like tube (catheter). 
  • The tip of the catheter contains the compressed replacement valve on a balloon delivery device. 
  • A thin wire helps guide the replacement valve up to the aorta. 
  • Using advanced imaging technology, our experts check the valve for proper placement on special monitors. 
  • Once in place, the balloon expands, wedging the replacement valve permanently into place. 
  • As the new valve expands, it pushes the diseased valve tissue out of the way. 
  • The tissue in the replacement valve takes over the job of regulating blood flow. 
  • You may need to stay overnight in the hospital so we can monitor your recovery. 

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