TAVR

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Saving lives with minimally invasive heart valve replacement.

Find out If TAVR
Is Right for You

TAVR

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Saving lives with minimally invasive heart valve replacement.

Find out If TAVR
Is Right for You

What is TAVR?

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure to treat severe aortic stenosis without open-heart surgery. It can restore normal heart valve function and improve quality of life and life expectancy.

Sutter cardiovascular specialists helped in the original clinical trials for TAVR, and have long-term experience with this breakthrough procedure.

Doctor talking to patient

How TAVR Works

Are You a Doctor Referring a Patient to Sutter?

Contact one of our valve clinics below to refer a patient.

Bay Area

Sutter EHR referral code

Referral to TAVR Clinic Bay Area

CALL: (415) 570-7374(415) 570-7374

FAX: (415) 600-5798

EMAIL: Email us at bayareaheart@sutterhealth.org

Sacramento/Central Valley

Sutter EHR referral code

SAMC CONGENITAL ADULT/TAVR

CALL: (916) 292-8420(916) 292-8420

FAX: (916) 887-4232

EMAIL:Email us at ValveClinic@sutterhealth.org

For help with out of network referrals, please contact Sutter Specialty Network, a referral service designed to provide support to doctors needing tertiary and quaternary referral assistance. For help with out of network referrals Call (888) 834-1788 for help referring your patient.

Upon completion of TAVR-related treatment, patients will be sent back to their referring doctor for all care beyond the procedure.

I Felt Completely Better the Very Next Day

My wife and I live on rural property, and I was splitting 10 cords of wood for winter up until I turned 83. I started getting short of breath regularly. It got to where I could barely walk from the couch to the door. So we came to CPMC to get checked out, and they spotted the problem with my aortic valve right away. The whole team met with us to explain the TAVR procedure. All of my concerns and questions were answered.

I had the procedure and left the hospital on a Friday. I didn’t even need to go under general anesthesia. And the very next day I felt completely better. We stayed in the city a couple of weeks so the doctors could monitor my new valve. When it came time for my first follow-up appointment, my wife and I walked six blocks up the hill to CPMC. Can you imagine? One week you can barely walk to the front door, and the next you can walk six blocks up a San Francisco hill! It was a marvelous experience all the way through. And I’m already splitting wood for next winter.


- Daniel H., 84

Rates of recovery may vary among patients based on a variety of factors.

I Felt Completely Better the Very Next Day

My wife and I live on rural property, and I was splitting 10 cords of wood for winter up until I turned 83. I started getting short of breath regularly. It got to where I could barely walk from the couch to the door. So we came to CPMC to get checked out, and they spotted the problem with my aortic valve right away. The whole team met with us to explain the TAVR procedure. All of my concerns and questions were answered.

I had the procedure and left the hospital on a Friday. I didn’t even need to go under general anesthesia. And the very next day I felt completely better. We stayed in the city a couple of weeks so the doctors could monitor my new valve. When it came time for my first follow-up appointment, my wife and I walked six blocks up the hill to CPMC. Can you imagine? One week you can barely walk to the front door, and the next you can walk six blocks up a San Francisco hill! It was a marvelous experience all the way through. And I’m already splitting wood for next winter.


- Daniel H., 84

Rates of recovery may vary among patients based on a variety of factors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Using a catheter that goes through an artery, TAVR inserts a collapsible replacement valve into your body’s own aortic valve. When expanded, the new valve pushes tissue on the old valve out of the way and begins regulating blood flow. Your experience is similar to having a stent inserted. TAVR can sometimes be done under light sedation, avoiding general anesthesia. TAVR requires a very small incision in the upper thigh at most, and leaves all your chest bones in place. Standard valve replacement requires open heart surgery, in which your chest bones are surgically separated.

The TAVR procedure takes about two hours. Most people spend one to two days in the hospital. Typically, people fully recover within two to three weeks. You should not drive, lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk, or do strenuous exercise for at least two weeks. Each person is different, so ask your doctor when you can resume strenuous exercise.

Not every person will need cardiac rehabilitation. Discuss your rehab needs with your doctor.

TAVR may be the better choice if you have severe aortic valve stenosis and are at moderate or high-risk of complications from open heart surgery. This includes people who are older, frail, and have a history of health problems such as stroke, heart attack, (Afib) atrial fibrillation, (COPD) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, peripheral artery disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

No procedure is without risks. The risks from TAVR include bleeding, stroke, irregular heart rhythm, need for a pacemaker and, in rare cases, death. However, most people who have the TAVR procedure enjoy greater quality of life and life expectancy.

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