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Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

The transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a less invasive procedure that allows a new valve to be inserted within the patient’s diseased aortic valve while the patient’s heart is still beating. Cardiopulmonary bypass is usually not required. The TAVR procedure can be performed through two different approaches: transfemoral or transapical.

The CVTI Aortic Valve Team is comprised of aortic valve specialists, including two surgeons and an interventional cardiologist. Once the cardiac surgeon determines that a patient is high risk or too sick for open heart surgery, and if medicine is not helping, TAVR may be an alternative. The surgeon will decide which approach is best for the patient based on their medical condition and other factors.

For more information please contact:
Keck Medical Center of USC
Department of Surgery
1520 San Pablo Street
Suite 4300
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 442-5849


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