Baptist Health offers a minimally invasive valve replacement procedure called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR). This procedure is designed for people with severe aortic stenosis who are hish risk surgical candidates and is one of many treatment options within our Structural Heart Program at Baptist Jacksonville.
TAVR allows physicians to replace the aortic valve without removing the damaged one. The procedure is performed through the femoral artery, which is minimally invasive, and does not require open-heart surgery. With TAVR, patients typically can return to normal activities within two to three weeks versus six weeks. TAVR patients usually experience a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.
Am I a Candidate for TAVR?
You may be a candidate if you are:
- Diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis
- At high risk for open heart aortic valve surgery
- Experiencing malfunction of a previously placed valve
Talk with your doctor or call our Structural Heart Scheduler at 904.202.9500 to learn more about TAVR or make an appointment at our Valve Clinic.
TAVR Procedure Video
TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure using a catheter to replace the aortic valve. This video explains how the procedure is performed and the device used.
The Valve Clinic at Baptist offers expert diagnosis and care from a multidisciplinary team of interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons specializing in minimally invasive techniques. This team uses a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment planning called a Valve Conference, where details of each case are discussed to create the best plan for the patient.
Led by Ruby Satpathy, MD, FACC, FSCAI, our Valve Clinic is conveniently located in the offices of Baptist Heart Specialists at Baptist Jacksonville to provide patients with complex valve conditions a single location where they can be seen by multiple specialists without having to make multiple appointments.
To request an appointment, call our Structural Heart Scheduler during business hours at 904.202.9500.
The TAVR procedure requires a specially trained group of experts including an interventional cardiologist, cardiovascular surgeon and cardiac anesthesiologist. These specialists are supported by a team which includes catheterization lab techs, imaging technicians and nurses.
Ruby Satpathy, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Medical Director, Structural Heart Program
Salvatore DiLoreto, MD, FACC
C. David Hassel, MD, FACC
Praveen Kanaparti, MD, FACC, RPVI
Marc Litt, MD, FACC
Robert Still, MD