YRMC completes more than 100 TAVR procedures

YUMA, Ariz. – Yuma Regional Medical Center’s Heart Team has successfully completed its 101st trans-catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure.

TAVR is a therapy for inoperable patients with severe, aortic valve stenosis and who are at high-risk and are not considered candidates for open heart surgery.

It all started back in May of 2014, when cardiac surgeons and cardiologists at YRMC united to bring the TAVR program to Yuma. In less than two years, cardiovascular surgeon Dr. James Moon and interventional cardiologist Dr. Evren Kaynak have led the team that performed the more than 100 TAVR procedures at YRMC. YRMC is hosts one of only six TAVR programs in the state of Arizona.

During a TAVR procedure, a balloon-expandable valve is delivered via a catheter-based approach through the groin or the ribs. The procedure lasts approximately three hours and has a recovery time of approximately two to five days after the operation. Open heart surgery usually requires seven to 10 days of recovery time post-operation, so this option is vastly used for higher risk patients. TAVR patients also resume their regular activities and schedules one to two weeks after the procedure, compared to approximately six weeks for open heart surgery patients.

The Yuma Regional Medical Center Heart Team also includes nurses, anesthesiologists, radiology technologists and surgical scrub techs, all of whom are in the Hybrid OR during the procedure – totaling about 19 people assisting on an operation.

“This is the most technical challenging procedure we are doing at YRMC right now. During the procedure the amount of stress is unbelievable of course, but after the procedure once you see all the numbers normalize and the patient recovered – I don’t think there’s any greater feeling in the world,” says Kaynak.

News 11’s Max Tarlton will have a full report on KYMA’s Early Edition at 5:00 p.m. MST!

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Max Tarlton is an Emmy-nominated multimedia journalist currently reporting and producing for KYMA News 11. Max comes to Yuma from Chicago where he worked as a news writer for WGN News. He’s also a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Max is excited to be a part of the KYMA team. Catch him in action on “Sunrise” every morning at 6 a.m. If you have a story idea, don’t hesitate to reach out: max.tarlton@kecytv.com or on twitter: @MaxTarlton

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