TAVR allows an interventional cardiologist to make very small incisions in either the chest or the groin (near the femoral artery) to reach the aortic valve.
During a TAVR procedure, your interventional cardiologist will thread a thin catheter through your artery to the aortic valve. The catheter will have a small balloon at the end of it, and when the catheter reaches your aortic valve, the surgeon will expand the balloon. The cardiologist will then guide your new aortic valve over the balloon. The new valve will start regulating blood flow. Most procedures are done within two to four hours.
Because the procedure is minimally invasive, its benefits include lower risk of infection, shorter hospital stays and faster healing time. Many patients are able to leave the hospital less than one week after their procedure, and some may only require a one-night stay.