Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

If surgery isn’t the best option to treat calcium buildup in your heart’s aortic valve, you may qualify for an exciting new treatment at Reading Hospital. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR (pronounced "taver"), slides a new, artificial valve into an artery in the leg and threads it up to your heart. This minimally invasive procedure eliminates the need for open-heart surgery.

Benefits of TAVR

TAVR offers the following benefits:

  • Better quality of life
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Reduced pain
  • Shorter recovery

You’ll likely receive conscious sedation, not general anesthesia, to prevent pain and relax you. Conscious sedation causes fewer side effects and lets you recover faster.

Your TAVR Team

Reading Hospital’s specially trained TAVR team includes interventional and noninvasive cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, specialized radiologists and anesthesiologists, nurses, and other experts as needed. Our cardiovascular specialists include:

  • Uday Dasika, MD, cardiothoracic surgery
  • Eric E. Elgin, MD, interventional cardiology 
  • Christine M. McCarty, MD, chief, section of cardiothoracic surgery
  • Matthew M. Nolan, MD, interventional cardiology
  • Maxim Gluhovsky, cardiothoracic surgery

Advanced Technology

You may get TAVR in Reading Hospital’s new hybrid operating suite that combines the latest in surgical, imaging, and minimally invasive technology. We’re the only hospital in Berks County with a hybrid operating room, a facility that gives you more care in less time.

TAVR Videos

Watch our videos to see an animation of TAVR and learn more about how the treatment helps people like you.

Meet Dr. Christine McCarty, a member of the Reading Health TAVR team.