What is TAVR?


Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Southern Medical Group physicians offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) as an option for patients who do not qualify for open-heart surgery, because they are too frail or too high-risk due to other co-morbidities. With TAVR, a catheter is used to implant the replacement valve through the femoral artery in the groin or transapically. TAVR is less invasive, does not require stopping the heart, and is associated with a more rapid recovery than open-heart surgery.



TAVR procedures are performed at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH), one of a few select hospitals in the nation, and the only hospital in the Big Bend/South Georgia/Southeastern Alabama regions, offering this procedure.

How does TAVR work?


Who is Eligible for TAVR?

Currently, TAVR is only available to patients needing aortic valve replacement who have been deemed too high risk to undergo traditional open-chest surgery. This group includes patients who are not candidates due to factors such as age, history of heart disease, frailty or other health issues. Because the procedure is less invasive, patients can expect to have less bleeding and shorter recovery times.

Why do I need aortic valve replacement?

Patients who do not receive an aortic valve replacement (AVR) have no effective, long-term treatment option to prevent or delay their disease progression. Without it, severe symptomatic aortic stenosis is life-threatening. Studies indicate that 50 percent of patients die within one year after the onset of symptoms without intervention, and 80 percent die within two years.