The Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement team at St. Joseph’s/Candler has reached a significant milestone by completing 50 of the technologically-advanced procedures, giving new life back to some of the sickest patients.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, or TAVR, was created to replace calcified aortic valves without opening up the heart like in traditional surgeries.
This gives new hope to patients who can’t tolerate open surgery and can dramatically reduce recovery time.
“TAVR gives patients too sick for surgery an option to reclaim their lives,” said Dr. Soumya Neravetla, who is fellowship-trained in TAVR and the Medical Director of The Valve Clinic at St. Joseph’s/Candler. “The seasoned team in The Heart Hospital at St. Joseph’s/ Candler continues to lead the region in revolutionizing the care of cardiac patients through cutting edge, minimally invasive techniques.”
The Heart Hospital was the first in the region to employ this technology in 2013. Our TAVR patients ranged in age from 64 to 94 and the average stay in the hospital after the procedure was two days.
“The first TAVR was performed in the United States in 2002 and it has proved to be an amazing breakthrough in the way we treat patients with valve disease,” said Dr. Michael Babcock, who is TAVR fellowship trained. “Imagine enduring a critical condition such as this and having your valve replaced with only two or three days recovery.”
To learn more and see videos of a TAVR procedures, go to www.sjchs.org/ tavr or call The Valve Clinic at 912-819-TAVR.