I was pretty sold on TAVR until talking with people here and doing more research. I then was of the mindset after ruling TAVR out that what I wanted was minimal invasive . My surgeon Dr. Aldea at the university of washington hospital said basically he saw no difference in patient healing time from one or the other but a more complicated surgery . To give you an idea of my heal time I had surgery August 18 and was released home on August 23rd. I started cardiac rehab today but I've been walking over 2 miles a day since the second week.