TUCSON, Ariz. - A procedure for those in need of a new heart valve is growing in popularity across the county.
Known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, the procedure has been approved by the FDA and allows surgeons to more precisely replace a patient's heart valve.
Tucson Medical Center is one of ten locations in the U.S. to perform this type of surgery and over 400 of these have already been completed at this location.
The device that makes this possible is the LOTUS Edge and with its braided design, it ensures a leak is unlikely as it conforms to the shape of the patient's own valve.
This method is an alternative to open-heart surgery that poses minimal incision, threat, pain, and recovery time for the patient.
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