TAVR, also known as transcatheter implantation (TAVI), is a much less-invasive approach to aortic valve replacement surgery. The procedure takes place in a hybrid operating room, which combines elements from both a catheterization laboratory and a traditional operating room. Advanced imaging provides a real-time view of your blood vessels as your doctor makes an incision -- either in the groin, neck, or the upper chest -- and threads a catheter through a vessel to reach the diseased aortic valve. (The best approach is determined by your doctor, and is based on your anatomy and overall condition.) A new valve made of animal tissue is expanded inside your original aortic valve, restoring blood flow and relieving the obstruction from aortic stenosis.
Watch this video to see how the TAVR procedure works.