Percutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement (PAVR)
Percutaneous aortic valve replacement (PAVR), also known as transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) or transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), is the replacement of the aortic valve of the heart through the blood vessels (as opposed to valve replacement by open heart surgery). The replacement valve is delivered via one of several access methods: transfemoral (in the upper leg), transapical (through the wall of the heart), subclavian (beneath the collar bone), direct aortic (through a minimally invasive surgical incision into the aorta), and transcaval (from a temporary hole in the aorta near the belly button through a vein in the upper leg), among others.
Benefits Of Percutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement (PAVR)
- Your heart will function properly again causing you to feel better immediately after the procedure.
- Lower risk of dying.
- Lower stroke rate.
- Faster recovery rate and lower risk of bleeding compared to open heart surgery.
- Minimally invasive surgical incision.
Who is a Candidate for TAVR?
- If You have sever and symptomatic aortic stenosis
- If you are not a candidate for Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement (I found at high risk for open heart surgery)
- If your aortic valve and blood vessels are appropriate in size for TAVR