One of those advanced programs is the revolutionary Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedure at Spohn’s Shoreline campus.
TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that implants a new aortic valve in the heart. The procedure is usually done via a small incision that allows access to the femoral artery in the groin area so that a catheter can be used to bring the new valve up to the heart for insertion.
It’s a procedure that works well with older patients for whom an open heart procedure is either too risky on its own, or they also have other medical conditions that make this surgery technique preferable.
Since TAVR was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration in 2013, 60 patients have undergone the procedure at Shoreline, with exceptional results.
Spohn is the only health system in the Coastal Bend to offer TAVR. Thanks to the profound philanthropic support of donors, Spohn’s Heart Institute remains the leader in the evolution of surgery in South Texas.
Spohn has even hosted reunions to bring together the patients who’ve benefited from this procedure.
Visit ChristusSpohn. org/HeartInstitute or call 361-881-3000 to learn more about Spohn’s cardiac care.