Heart and Vascular Center

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

St. Joseph Hospital is proud to be one of the first hospitals in Orange County to offer Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) for patients with aortic stenosis. TAVR is a minimally invasive, alternative treatment option for patients who are not candidates for open heart surgery. This treatment approach is FDA-approved for high-risk patients (typically patients 70 years and older) with severe aortic stenosis.

How does TAVR work?

The patient is placed under anesthesia and a small incision is made near the hip to access the femoral artery. A catheter is inserted and image-guided through the femoral artery to the heart. Next, a thin wire follows with a collapsible heart valve attached to a tiny balloon at the end. Once the valve is in place, the balloon is inflated and the new valve begins working immediately. The procedure typically lasts 1-2 hours.

What are the main benefits of TAVR?

TAVR is a non-invasive approach approved for the treatment of aortic stenosis in patients who cannot withstand open heart surgery. There are many benefits of TAVR, including:

  • Minimal scarring at the incision site
  • Quicker recovery time - patients usually go home within one to two days
  • Significant improvement of symptoms associated with aortic stenosis - patients typically experience immediate improvement in their quality of life after the procedure

Contact Us

For questions or more information, please call us at 714-771-8000, ext. 18835.