Heart Surgeries

What should I expect after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)?

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  • A Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered on behalf of
    You will remain in ICU or post-operative recovery unit 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.

    Regular follow-up checkups by your doctor are very important and will be arranged prior to discharge.

  • A Internal Medicine, answered on behalf of
    After a groin procedure, you may have some bruising and pain at the groin entry site. Your heart rhythm will have to be monitored closely because there is about a 5% chance of developing significant slowing of the heart beat which could necessitate a permanent pacemaker. You should be able to walk the next day after the procedure. You will need to take blood thinners to prevent stroke after the procedure. The average hospital stay after a groin procedure is about 3 days. Most importantly, symptoms associated with aortic stenosis (shortness of breath, chest pain, lightheadedness) should improve almost immediately after TAVR.
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