Via Christi celebrates TAVR success

WICHITA, Kan. Via Christi celebrated 500 TAVR, short for Trans-Catheter Aortic Valve Replacement, procedures Wednesday by gathering many of the patients, who’ve had it done. The hospital began performing the procedure in October of 2013.

The procedure opens up the Aortic Valve. It can mean a new life when successful like it did for 81-year-old Dorothy Perry.

“I get to do all kinds of things now that I didn't get to do when I was feeling terrible,” Dorothy says.

Before her procedure more than 2 years ago, Dorothy says she couldn’t even walk from her couch to her bathroom, without stopping to catch her breath.

“I just couldn't get around. I couldn't walk anywhere. I couldn't hardly breathe just to get 10 feet,” Dorothy remembers.

When she finally saw a doctor, it was determined she had a bad valve in the heart.

Dorothy was hesitant to open heart and decided to take a chance on the relatively new TAVR procedure. Almost immediately she says she could do anything she wanted. She travels, plays with her grandkids and great-grandkids, and gets a new lease on life. One she says she would not have without the procedure.

“Oh, I think I'd be six feet under, actually, if I had not done that,” Dorothy admits.