Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVAR)
Transcetheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a catheter-based procedure performed in a hybrid operating room for patients with severe, symptomatic aortic valve stenosis.
Using x-ray guidance (fluoroscopy), a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel in the groin and a new aortic heart valve is inserted into the heart. The new heart valve is deployed inside the patient's own diseased valve. The original valve is pushed to the side and trapped behind the new heart valve and stent.
Because the procedure is catheter-based, there are no significant insicisons in the chest and recovery is much quicker and with less pain.
Like thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (TEVAR) procedures, TAVR procedures require expert training in endovascular techniques.
Dr. Wheatley is one of the few heart surgeons who has expertise in open heart sugery and endovascular techniques.