Ask an Expert About Non-Invasive TAVR Heart-Valve Surgery

Posted on Feb 17, 2016

Patients can recover quickly from the non-invasive procedure.

Patients can recover quickly from the non-invasive procedure.

By Mitul Kadakia, M.D.

Sutter Health

There’s new hope for patients with aortic stenosis who are at high or extreme risk for open heart surgery.

Severe aortic stenosis, or narrowing of the heart’s aortic valve, causes fainting, fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath and heart failure. Without treatment, many patients with severe aortic stenosis ultimately die of this condition.

A new treatment option, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), can be beneficial for patients at high risk for open heart surgery. This minimally invasive procedure allows replacing the aortic valve without open heart surgery.

A catheter is placed through a small incision in the groin or in the arteries in the upper left side of the chest. This catheter is used to deliver a new aortic valve to the heart.

The procedure is generally done with conscious sedation, which is easier on the patient and shortens recovery time. Many patients go home on the second day after surgery. There are no scars on the chest.

Mitul Kadakia, M.D.

Mitul Kadakia, M.D.

TAVR has been studied in large numbers of high-risk patients with severe aortic stenosis, showing excellent results and favorable outcomes.  It is supported by major medical society guidelines. (2014 AHA/ACC Guideline for the Management of Patients With Valvular Heart Disease content/129/23/e521.full)

Is TAVR Right for You?

If you have been diagnosed with aortic stenosis, talk to your cardiologist to find out whether TAVR is appropriate for you.

Mitul Kadakia, M.D., is a Sutter Health affiliated cardiologist at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and part of the Alta Bates Summit Heart Team along with Drs. David Daniels and Russell Stanten. Together, they have performed more than 140 TAVR procedures with outcomes that have exceeded national benchmarks. To learn more, visit or contact us at 510-869-6700.


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