Heart procedure now available without an anesthesia

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A new procedure is now available for those suffering from one kind of heart disease.

TAVR, which stands for transcatheter aortic valve implantation, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve.

Instead, it wedges a replacement valve into the aortic valve's place.

The procedure is fairly new and is FDA approved for people with symptomatic aortic stenosis.

Cardiologists repair the valve through the groin, instead of open heart surgery.

According to Dr. Fadi El-Ahdab, the bonus is that they now perform the surgery under conscious sedation.

"This means we are going to have the patient relaxed and sedated, not going to feel any pain, not going to remember anything about the procedure, but they don't have to be put under general anesthesia," he said.

This means less risk, shorter procedure time and quicker recovery. It also provides an option for people who may not have been a candidate a few years ago. Especially those with lung disease who cannot undergo a surgery that requires anesthesia.

It also has a faster recover time in most cases.

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