Dr. Thomas Rayburn, Cardiovascular Surgeon, (TAVR) Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

The aortic valve is the the valve
leading between the the aorta which is the big artery of the body and this big
squeezing chamber called the left ventricle which is the high pressure chamber of
your heart. When it’s narrowed down– and there has to be certain
criteria of how narrow it has to be– you can’t increase the output of the heart.
So when you try to do more things it can be dangerous. TAVR is an acronym for
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. Through the growing through
catheter-based procedures we’ve helped people that are high risk for
traditional surgery for valve replacement. It’s been an
unbelievable boon to improving people’s quality of life for people that really
had no other option. We’re going to see this deployed and utilized in more
people with lower risk categories. You know the advantages of it
primarily are the fact that it can be done without anesthesia. Many people
don’t have to go to sleep and it can be done with a minimal hospital
stay and with minimal pain. It’s unbelievable to take someone in
their mid 90’s who is frail and who has a lot of other problems and see them have this procedure and go home the next day. They almost immediately have
an improvement in their quality of life.