Recovery From Aortic Valve Treatment

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C. Richard Clark, Transfemoral TAVR on February 19th, 2013

Evidence suggests that those who are motivated to recover tend to recover more quickly and spend fewer days in the hospital. This, of course, varies depending on the severity of your medical condition.

On average, those who have open-heart surgery can expect to remain in the hospital for 5 to 10 days post-procedure. The first 48 hours are spent on an intensive care unit (ICU) followed by a step down cardiac care unit (intermediate care) or a regular bed for the remainder of your hospital stay.

Patients who have a TAVR procedure can expect their length of stay, on average, to be:

  • 3 to 5 days for transfemoral access.
  • 4 to 7 days for transaortic approach.
  • 5 to 10 days for transapical procedure.

Those who have a transapical or transaortic TAVR will be in the ICU for approximately 48 hours; those who have a transfemoral TAVR can expect to be in the ICU for approximately 24 hours.