Aortic-valve replacement is the most effective treatment to alleviate symptoms and improve survival in patients with critical aortic stenosis. The incidence of aortic stenosis multiplies with age, and as the life span of our population increases, a larger number of elderly patients will require aortic-valve replacement. However, a substantial number of these patients will have coexisting conditions that preclude surgery. Since outcomes with medical management are uniformly poor, a less invasive and safer alternative to surgical aortic-valve replacement is needed for this expanding group of patients.
- Shorter recovery time
- Minimally invasive
- Significantly less pain than open heart surgery
- Life-saving option for high risk patients
The average hospital stay is 2 to 3 days and patients are generally up and walking the day following the procedure. TAVR is significantly less painful and less invasive than open-heart surgery.