The surgeons in Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center's heart valve program treat more valve patients than any other hospital in NJ, performing more than 700 valve operations each year. This places our program in the top three percent of all cardiac surgical programs in the United States. We are one of few select medical centers in the United Sates that provide a full range of heart valve treatment options, including the ability to repair both aortic and mitral valves through a small incision in the groin as opposed to the standard 15-inch incision down the chest. Morristown Medical Center was the first hospital in New Jersey to offer the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) approach for aortic stenosis.
Our state-of-the-art facility features two specially designed hybrid operating suites that can be used for both complex catheter procedures and conventional open-heart and vascular surgical procedures. Minimally invasive surgery enables patients to undergo advanced cardiovascular repair with shorter recovery times.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
For patients with severe aortic stenosis who are not candidates for conventional valve repair surgery, we offer a minimally invasive surgical option called TAVR – also known as transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Instead of removing the damaged valve, our heart surgeons will replace the damaged valve with an implantable device such as the SAPIEN or CoreValve implant. Through small incisions in the leg or chest, the device is inserted via catheter and implanted into the heart. This non-surgical technique can be life-saving for those considered moderate to high-risk for surgical replacement.
Research in Valve Repair
As a leader in heart valve device research, we continue to advance the treatment of valve disease. Our specialists are frequently selected to participate in groundbreaking clinical trials that evaluate next generation procedures and techniques for valve repair. Our expertise is widely sought, and we now train surgeons and interventional cardiologists across the United States and South America.
To learn about our research studies and clinical trials, visit Atlantic Center for Research >