Recovery After TAVR: What to Expect

An Easier Recovery Than Open Heart Surgery

Unlike traditional valve replacement surgery, TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement) does not involve a large surgical incision through the breastbone. Recovery from catheter-based heart procedures is much different than from open heart surgery. Read on to learn some tips about recovery after TAVR.

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