Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

The Heart Valve Center at UT Medicine and University Health System is proud to be the first in the South Texas Region to offer Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) for the treatment of Critical Aortic Stenosis. This innovative procedure is now offered in addition to our percutaneous therapy for mitral regurgitation. It is an alternative to open heart surgery.

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TAVR is performed in our new state of the art hybrid catheritization suite at University Hospital by a specially trained team working side by side. TAVR allows life-saving aortic valve replacement to be performed on those patients who are too ill to receive traditional surgical replacement.

Our internationally-recognized multidisciplinary team led by individual who coauthored the 2012 ACCF/AATS/SCAI/STS Expert Consensus Document on Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement is comprised of cardiologists, Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Cardiac Anethesiologists, non-invasive imaging physicians, neurologists and gerontologists who collaborate to help determine the best care plan for each individual patient. This consultation occurs during a single coordinated visit allowing us to provide you and your patient a consolidated report of the results and our recommendations for care.

The benefits of TAVR in those patients who qualify include:

  • Fewer days in the ICU and shorter hospital stays
  • Earlier return to normal activities
  • Less blood loss than conventional surgical valve replacement

Please contact our Physician Assistance Line at (210) 232-0362 to refer a patient or to discuss this new treatment option.

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