TAVR—catheter-based procedure for severe aortic stenosis

If you have severe aortic stenosis and require an aortic valve replacement, but you are not a candidate for surgery or are considered high risk for surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) may be an option. TAVR is a minimally invasive option that enables our physicians to replace the diseased aortic valve without performing open-heart surgery. At Lankenau we perform TAVR procedures via three different points of entry: transfemoral (leg), transapical (ribs) or transaortic (aorta). With these multiple approaches we’re able to perform the procedure on more people who can benefit from TAVR.

To determine whether TAVR—or another treatment—is right for you, our multidisciplinary team of heart care specialists will evaluate your particular condition and other determining factors. Find out more about the evaluation process for TAVR.

Lankenau Medical Center has performed more than 500 TAVR procedures since 2012 and is among the top 10 percent of TAVR teams in the nation, performing 100 to 200 TAVRs per year.

TAVR treatment and recovery

At Lankenau we perform TAVR procedures in a specially designed “hybrid” operating room that combines the capabilities and equipment of both a cardiac catheterization lab and an operating room. We use advanced imaging equipment to ensure that your new valve travels safely to the heart and is placed precisely.

This minimally invasive procedure is performed while you’re under anesthesia (sleeping) and usually takes three to four hours. After the procedure, you’ll be moved to the cardiothoracic intensive care unit (CTICU) and then to surgical step-down units for careful monitoring and post-procedure care under the direction of the Valve Clinic team. You may be hospitalized for four to seven days after the procedure. All patients are followed closely through the healing and recovery process and during rehabilitation.

New TAVR clinical trial for patients with severe aortic stenosis

We are a participant in PARTNER 3, the first ever U.S. clinical trial involving TAVR in patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at low risk for traditional surgery. The goal of the study is to show that TAVR results are comparable to SAVR in low-risk surgical patients.

We are now accepting qualified study patients. If you have severe aortic stenosis and are deemed low risk for surgery, you may qualify for this TAVR study. Eligible study participants will be randomized (1:1) to TAVR or SAVR. At Lankenau Medical Center, a study participant who is randomized to SAVR will be evaluated for and, if a candidate, offered minimally invasive SAVR.

Learn more about the PARTNER 3 clinical trial

To schedule an appointment with a Lankenau Heart Institute specialist, call 1.866.CALL.MLH (1.866.225.5654) or use our secure online appointment request form.