Programs & Specialties
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, the latest, minimally invasive technique for replacing aortic valves in patients who cannot have open-heart surgery, is available at Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia and Montgomery County.
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Patients who need valve replacements and are considered high-risk now have an alternative: small-incision surgery known as TAVR Transcatheter Heart Valve Replacement. Einstein Healthcare Network's cardiothoracic surgery team was the first to offer transcatheter aortic valve replacement in Philadelphia.
Treatment For Severe Aortic Stenosis
Aortic stenosis is the most common valvular heart disease in the U.S. Without treatment, severe cases may result in death.
Approximately 30 percent of patients with aortic stenosis are considered high risk.
Benefits of TAVR
- Small incision
- Faster recovery
- Less pain and discomfort
During this procedure, a biological heart valve (sourced from a cow) is inserted into the aorta through the leg or the chest using a catheter and a balloon.
The new stunted, prosthetic valve functions like a normal, healthy valve as soon as the inflated balloon that moves it in place is removed from the patient.
Are you a candidate?
Candidacy is determined through a multidisciplinary evaluation at every Tuesday at our clinic. See if you're a candidate for transcatheter aortic valve replacement at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia.
Vascular Heart Disease Clinic
1200 West Tabor Road, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Our Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Team In Philadelphia And Montgomery County
Alexandra Tuluca, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Christian Federic Witzke Sanz, MD, Interventional Cardiologist
Colleen O'Brien-Podulka, CRNP, Cardiac Surgery