TAVR Procedure: Step-by-Step

TAVR Procedure: Step-by-Step

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A small incision is made in your upper leg. This is where your TAVR Doctor will insert a short, hollow tube called a sheath into your femoral artery.

The new valve is then placed on the delivery system (or tube) with a balloon on the end. The new valve is compressed on the balloon to make it small enough to fit through the sheath.

The delivery system carrying the valve is pushed up to your aortic valve. Once it reaches your diseased valve, the balloon is inflated, expanding the new valve into place. The new valve pushes aside the leaflets of your diseased valve. Your existing valve holds the new valve in place. Once your new valve is in place, the balloon is deflated and removed.

The new valve will open and close as a normal aortic valve should. Your TAVR Doctor will make sure your new valve is working properly before closing the incision in your leg.

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