Introducing TAVR: The Hope Procedure
Until now, patients whose age or health
has prevented them from receiving life-saving, open-heart surgery to
repair an aortic valve due to Severe Aortic Stenosis were in a hopeless
At St. John’s Hospital Prairie Heart
Institute, we were inspired to find a way to give them hope – with a
groundbreaking alternative to open-heart surgery that is estimated to
add an average of 12 years to the life of a patient, when most eligible
patients have less than two years to live without it.
That visionary alternative is called
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).
We’re proud to be the first hospital in
downstate Illinois to share this life-saving treatment that’s giving
hope to heart patients who need it most.
It’s why we’re proud to call it The Hope
What makes TAVR visionary?
How TAVR WorksGuided by X-ray images, a catheter is inserted into the femoral artery in the upper thigh. With the heart still beating, a collapsible heart valve inside the catheter is guided into the chest. This valve, the SAPIEN Transcatheter Heart Valve, is only about the diameter of a #2 pencil.
Once inside, the replacement valve is expanded, pushing aside the damaged valves. The replacement valve is then secured into place, where it begins to function immediately.The catheter is then removed. Because the procedure is minimally invasive and requires virtually no cutting, most patients can expect an in-hospital recovery time of three days or less.