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Washington Regional Offers Valve Replacement Procedure without General Anesthesia

Washington Regional now offers transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) using an alternative to general anesthesia for intermediate to high-risk surgical patients. Through monitored anesthesia care (MAC), or awake TAVR, patients with severe aortic narrowing can remain conscious during the procedure. MAC offers similar clinical outcomes to general anesthesia with a reduction of postoperative complications and a shorter length of hospital stay. Washington Regional is the first to offer monitored anesthesia care (MAC) for TAVR in Northwest Arkansas.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement is a minimally-invasive valve replacement technique that uses a catheter inserted in the leg to replace the aortic valve without opening the chest. This procedure may be an option for patients who are at higher risk for complications during open heart surgery as determined by their physician.