What if you could replace a heart valve through a small incision in the leg? Aortic valve replacement surgery often requires opening the chest to expose the valve that needs to be replaced due to narrowing of the aorta (Aortic Stenosis). 300,000 people in the U.S. have Aortic Stenosis and 100,000 of those are not candidates for open heart surgery. So their options were few and their prognosis grim. But thanks to a new procedure, called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) there is hope. TAVR allows a surgeon to replace the aortic valve by inserting a catheter to open the valve by traveling up a major artery in the leg. We are currently performing this procedure at Medical City Dallas.
Below is a video we put together to explain the procedure.