Learning Alternative Access Approaches for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Implications for New Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Centers.

@article{Henn2017LearningAA,
  title={Learning Alternative Access Approaches for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Implications for New Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Centers.},
  author={Matthew C Henn and Thomas Percival and Alan Zajarias and Spencer J. Melby and Brian R Lindman and Nishath Quader and Ralph J. Damiano and Marc R. Moon and John M. Lasala and Ravinder Singh Rao and Jennifer M. Bell and Marci S Damiano and Hersh S. Maniar},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={2017},
  volume={103 5},
  pages={1399-1405}
}
BACKGROUND Smaller transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) delivery systems have increased the number of patients eligible for transfemoral procedures while decreasing the need for transaortic (TAo) or transapical (TA) access. As a result, newer TAVR centers are likely to have less exposure to these alternative access techniques, making it harder to achieve proficiency. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the learning curve for TAVR approaches and compare perioperative outcomes… CONTINUE READING