Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive procedure, has been used by the Portneuf Cardiovascular team for two years with tremendous success. This revolutionary surgical procedure allows physicians to fix a severely narrowed aortic valve (aortic stenosis) without opening up the patient’s chest! It offers new hope for patients who are sick and those who have been previously determined to be inoperable or not amenable to surgical treatment.
In 2013, the historic valve replacement surgery was performed at Portneuf Medical Center on a 76-year old male with sever aortic stenosis. The first TAVR surgery involved a 25 member surgical team and took 2-hours to complete. In 2-years we have come a long way with our last TAVR taking 15-minutes to complete, and the patient was awake 5- minutes after the operation ended; telling jokes an hour later. While there are 300 major medical centers across the country equipped to perform this operation, Portneuf Medical Center is one of two hospitals in Idaho and the only hospital in Eastern Idaho to offer this life-saving operation.
Recently the FDA has approved two Transcatether Heart Valves that can be performed in patients that had a traditional open heart surgery valve. This type of operation is known as a redo type of operation. The risk of a major complication and death are significantly higher. Now with the approved transcatheter valve, the risks are significantly reduced.
The most common cause of aortic stenosis is degenerative (age-related calcium deposits). Other causes include congenital disorders (bicuspid aortic valve), infection on the heart valve, or rheumatic fever. If you feel that you or a loved one may have aortic stenosis and may benefit from our high level of cardiac and heart surgery experience, please feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment .We will be happy to answer any questions you may have at that time.
Our amazing multidisciplinary heart team along with Idaho’s first highly advanced cardiac hybrid operating room provided the most complete, most coordinated care to ensure the best possible outcome for our patients. The partnership between surgeons and cardiologists at Portneuf Medical Center make the core of the TAVR heart team.
As your regional leader in cardiovascular care, we don’t just strive to be the best in the region; we go all-out to be among the best in the nation.