How long will I be in the hospital when I have TAVR?

William M. Suh, MD
Internal Medicine
Typically, people stay in the hospital for three to five days after a transfemoral transcatheter valve replacement (TAVR) procedure. For a transapical procedure, they usually stay a bit longer -- around five to seven days. People sometimes have to go to rehab to get a little bit stronger, so they may be referred to cardiac rehab just to get them back on their feet.
 
Howard C. Herrmann, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is performed under general anesthesia, and the procedure usually takes 3 to 4 hours. You will remain in ICU until your doctor feels you can be transferred to a regular hospital room, where you will continue to be monitored. A physical therapist will evaluate you and help you start moving as soon as possible. The average ICU time is 1 day, and the average entire hospital stay for the procedure is 4 to 7 days.

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om another part of the body to bypass a blocked artery and help prevent a heart attack. Another is heart valve replacement, used to repair heart valves that don't open and close properly. Heart surgery can be minimally invasive, such as when a small incision is made to the chest to insert a pacemaker. At the other extreme is open-heart surgery, which requires a large incision to the chest to open the rib cage and operate on the heart. Learn more about the different kinds of heart surgeries with expert advice from Sharecare.
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