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TAVR: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

TAVR: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that repairs the heart valve without removing the old, damaged valve.

Very similar to a heart stent placed in an artery, the TAVR approach delivers a fully collapsible replacement valve to the valve site through a catheter. Once the new valve is expanded, it pushes the old valve leaflets out of the way and the tissue in the replacement valve takes over the job of regulating blood flow.

Patients who may be considered high risk for open heart surgery are often great candidates for the TAVR procedure. The SIU Medicine-Structural Heart Disease Program is proud to offer this innovative alternative to open heart surgery.