If you are considering a medical procedure, know your options! ER physician Dr. Travis Stork talks to cardiac surgeon Dr. Joseph Sabik after he has performed a TAVR procedure, which is a nonsurgical alternative to open heart surgery for a patient in need of an aortic valve replacement.
He explains it’s important to know about the different options, like in this case, for a patient in need of an aortic valve replacement, which is better, open heart surgery or a TAVR procedure? Ask your doctor if there are other options when they suggest surgery.
Always ask and make sure you know your choices before agreeing to any major procedure or surgery.