Southeast Health announced Thursday that it is celebrating with the 200 patients who have been given a chance to have a new life thanks to transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
On Thursday, the 200th successful TAVR procedure was performed by cardiologist Dr. Peter M. Rao and cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Joseph E. Graham.
TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that offers an option for patients who would not have been candidates for traditional valve replacement surgery. This procedure is only offered in Dothan through the Heart and Vascular Center at South Eastern Health Medical Centre.
In a press release, the hospital said it performed the first TAVR procedure in Dothan in December 2017 as part of its commitment to bring an advanced structural heart program to the region.
TAVR is performed through a catheterization procedure instead of traditional open-heart surgery. An artificial aortic valve is inserted into the existing valve. It is used to replace an aortic valve that does not open (aortic valve stenosis) with an artificial valve. If the aortic valve between the lower left heart chamber (left ventricle) and the body’s main artery (aorta) does not open properly, blood flow is restricted.
An interventional cardiologist and a cardiovascular surgeon work together with a multidisciplinary team to perform a TAVR procedure. TAVR is generally recommended for patients with structural heart disease resulting in aortic stenosis or aortic valve stenosis and at high risk for traditional open-heart surgery.