Florida Heart and Lung Institute is proud to offer the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure.

Dr. Klodell specializes in the TAVR procedure and has completed more than 1,000 of these minimally invasive valve replacements during his career. With access to the latest technologies and newest research, Dr. Klodell confidently provides the best quality care to his TAVR patients.

Dr. Klodell feels passionately that each patient should receive an individualized care plan, so he spends time with each of his TAVR patients to develop a personalized plan. He focuses on the strategy of patient comfort, all while safely performing each patient’s valve replacement in the least invasive way possible.

What is TAVR?

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that replaces a patient’s valve without removing the old, damaged valve. TAVR is for patients with aortic stenosis who may be at somewhat elevated risk for traditional surgical aortic valve replacement.Typically, patients who qualify for TAVR have severe aortic stenosis and may or may not qualify for open aortic valve replacement.

How does TAVR work?

TAVR is a procedure that’s performed by using specialized tools to deliver an artificial valve through the femoral artery to the heart, where it is placed inside the damaged valve. TAVR is less invasive than other procedures in this field. Typically, less invasive procedures like TAVR come with benefits including:

  • Lower risk of infection
  • Decreased recovery time
  • Less trauma to the area where the procedure is performed

If you are a good candidate for a TAVR procedure, Dr. Klodell will work with you to develop an individualized care plan. Contact us to make an appointment today.