Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure in Brandon, Florida

The heart specialists at Brandon Regional Hospital provide advanced care for patients with structural heart conditions, including aortic stenosis.

Often, the best treatment option for patients with heart valve disease is surgery to repair or replace a malfunctioning or damaged valve. This is a serious surgical procedure, for which not all patients qualify.

At our hospital, we provide an alternate option for severe aortic stenosis, called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), for patients who are not good candidates for surgery.

To learn more about the TAVR procedure, please call our valve clinic coordinator at (813) 916-1270.

The TAVR procedure

TAVR is an alternate treatment option for patients with aortic stenosis who are considered an intermediate to high-risk for a traditional heart valve replacement. It may also be an option for patients who were previously not considered candidates for surgery. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that allows our team of specially trained surgeons to replace a diseased aortic valve without open-heart surgery.

During the procedure, the aortic valve is replaced using a balloon-expandable heart valve that is navigated into the heart via a catheter. TAVR is just one surgery we perform to treat heart valve disease through our comprehensive cardiac care program at Brandon Regional Hospital.

Candidates for TAVR

Open-heart aortic valve replacement surgery is considered the gold standard treatment for aortic valve stenosis. However, some patients are not good candidates for open-heart surgery.

TAVR may be an option for patients who do not qualify for surgery because of:

  • Age
  • Frailty
  • Health issues
  • History of heart disease

A comprehensive evaluation will be conducted for each patient to determine if TAVR is an appropriate treatment option for their aortic stenosis. In certain cases, TAVR may not be an option because co-existing medical conditions would prevent a successful procedure or because the risks of the procedure outweigh the benefits.

TAVR risks

TAVR is a surgical procedure that requires the use of general anesthesia. As with any surgical treatment, there are associated risks with the TAVR procedure.

Before deciding on your treatment plan, your doctor will discuss the benefits and risks of TAVR with you to determine if the benefits of treatment outweigh the potential risks.

Aortic stenosis

Severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis is characterized by a build-up of calcium on the leaflets of the aortic valve—flaps of tissue that regulate one-way blood flow.

The build-up of calcium on the leaflets affects the aortic valve's ability to fully open and close. This results in the narrowed valve allowing less oxygen-rich blood to flow from the lungs to the brain and the rest of the body.

Patients with aortic stenosis may experience symptoms such as severe shortness of breath and extreme fatigue.