Dr. F Bauer, MD

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Dr. F Bauer, MD
Dr. F Bauer, MD is a cardiothoracic surgery specialist in Little Rock, AR and has been practicing for 32 years. He graduated from Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med in 1981 and specializes in cardiothoracic surgery.

Risks associated with the TAVR procedure include death, stroke and major bleeding

Important Risk Information for Patients

Indications:

The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve, model 9600TFX, and accessories are indicated for relief of aortic stenosis in patients with symptomatic heart disease due to severe native calcific aortic stenosis who are judged by a Heart Team, including a cardiac surgeon, to be at intermediate or greater risk for open surgical therapy (i.e., predicted risk of surgical mortality ≥ 3% at 30 days, based on the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) risk score and other clinical co-morbidities unmeasured by the STS risk calculator).

The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve, model 9600TFX, and accessories are indicated for patients with symptomatic heart disease due to failure (stenosed, insufficient, or combined) of a surgical bioprosthetic aortic or mitral valve who are judged by a heart team, including a cardiac surgeon, to be at high or greater risk for open surgical therapy (i.e., predicted risk of surgical mortality ≥ 8% at 30 days, based on the STS risk score and other clinical co-morbidities unmeasured by the STS risk calculator).

Contraindications (Who should not use):

The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve and delivery system should not be used in patients who:

  • Cannot tolerate medications that thin the blood or prevent blood clots from forming.
  • Have an active infection in the heart or elsewhere.

Warnings:

  • There may be an increased risk of stroke in transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures, compared to other standard treatments for aortic stenosis in the high or greater risk population.
  • If an incorrect valve size for your anatomy is used, it may lead to heart injury, valve leakage, movement, or dislodgement.
  • Patients should talk to their doctor if they have significant heart disease, a mitral valve device or are allergic to chromium, nickel, molybdenum, manganese, copper, silicon, and/or polymeric materials.
  • The SAPIEN 3 valve may not last as long in patients whose bodies do not process calcium normally.
  • During the procedure, your doctors should monitor the dye used in the body; if used in excess it could lead to kidney damage. X-ray guidance used during the procedure may cause injury to the skin, which may be painful, damaging, and long-lasting.
  • Transcatheter aortic heart valve patients should take medications that thin the blood or prevent blood clots from forming, except when likely to have an adverse reaction, as determined by their physician. The Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve has not been tested for use without medications that thin the blood or prevent blood clots from forming.

Precautions:

The long-term durability of the Edwards SAPIEN 3 transcatheter heart valve is not known at this time. Regular medical follow-up is recommended to evaluate how well a patient’s heart valve is performing. Safety, performance, and durability of the SAPIEN 3 valve has not been established for placement inside a previously implanted transcatheter valve.

The safety and effectiveness of the transcatheter heart valve is also not known for patients who have:

  • An aortic heart valve that is not calcified, contains only one or two leaflets, has leaflets with large pieces of calcium that may block the vessels that supply blood to the heart or in which the main problem is that the valve leaks.
  • Previous prosthetic ring in any position.
  • Previous atrial septal occlude.
  • A heart that does not pump well, has thickening of the heart muscle, with or without blockage, unusual ultrasound images of the heart that could represent irregularities such as a blood clot, a diseased mitral valve that is calcified or leaking, or Gorlin syndrome, a condition that affects many areas of the body and increases the risk of developing various cancers and tumors.
  • Low white, red or platelet blood cell counts, or history of bleeding because the blood does not clot properly.
  • Diseased, abnormal or irregularly shaped vessels leading to the heart. Vessels which are heavily diseased or too small for associated delivery devices, or a large amount of calcification at the point of entry.
  • Allergies to blood-thinning medications or dye injected during the procedure.
  • For a valve in valve procedure, there is a risk of leakage if the previously implanted tissue valve is not securely in place or if it is damaged. There is also the possibility that a partially detached valve leaflet from the previously implanted valve could block a blood vessel.
  • Additional pre-procedure imaging will be completed to evaluate proper sizing.

Potential risks associated with the procedure include:

  • Death, stroke, paralysis (loss of muscle function), permanent disability, or severe bleeding.
  • Risks to the heart, including heart attack or heart failure, a heart that does not pump well, irregular heartbeat that may result in a need for a permanent pacemaker, chest pain, heart murmur, false aneurysm, recurring aortic stenosis(narrowing), too much fluid around the heart, injury to the structure of the heart.
  • Risks to your lungs or breathing, including difficulty breathing, fainting, buildup of fluid in or around the lungs, weakness or inability to exercise.
  • Risks involving bleeding or your blood supply, including formation of a blood clot, high or low blood pressure, limited blood supply, a decrease in red blood cells, or abnormal lab values, bleeding in the abdominal cavity, collection of blood under the skin.
  • Additional risks, including life-threatening infection, dislodgement of calcified material, air embolism (air bubbles in the blood vessels), poor kidney function or failure, nerve injury, fever, allergic reaction to anesthesia or dye, reoperation, pain, infection or bleeding at incision sites, or swelling.

Additional potential risks specifically associated with the use of the heart valve include:

  • Valve movement after deployment, blockage or disruption of blood flow through the heart, need for additional heart surgery and possible removal of the SAPIEN 3 valve, a blood clot that requires treatment, damage to the valve (e.g., wear, breakage, recurring aortic stenosis), nonstructural valve dysfunction (e.g., leakage, inappropriate sizing or positioning, blockage, excess tissue in growth, blood cell damage, etc.) or mechanical failure of the delivery system and/or accessories.

CAUTION: Federal (United States) law restricts these devices to sale by or on the order of a physician.

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5 Saint Vincent Cir Ste 501

Little Rock, AR 72205

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(501) 666-2894

Dr. F Bauer, MD

Dr. F Bauer, MD

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  • Aetna
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  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
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  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Golden Rule
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Port Placements or Replacements
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Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
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Mitral Valve Surgery
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more than 95% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Bauer "I'm a cardio thoracic surgeon at CHI St. Vincent. My dad was a surgeon and I watched him do an operation when I was 17 and after that I was hooked. I've worked in this hospital since I was 17 years old. I started off as an orderly in the recovery room then started working as a scrub-tech all the way through medical school. I got four great partners. My son just joined us. The other three--we've been partners years. We work with really I think the best nurses and scrubs in Arkansas. St. Vincent's really worked hard to provide that for us and we're still building our program. They've given us a tremendous place to work. I love surgery. I love the art of surgery and the complexity of it. If we agree, the patient and I, to do an operation together, and their family, it's a team. It's a covenant. My pledge is to do the very best operation I can and not only that, do everything I can to make sure they survive and thrive. "
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1  Specialties

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Thoracic Surgery*

33  Conditions Treated

  • Aneurysm and Dissection of Heart
  • Aneurysm of Heart
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Benign Tumor
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Coarctation of the Aorta
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Endocarditis
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Esophageal Diseases
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Tumors, Benign
  • Heart Tumors, Malignant
  • Mediastinal Tumors, Malignant
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Rheumatic Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Secondary Hypertension
  • Septal Defect
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19  Procedures

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Education

  • Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1981
  • University Of Rochester Med Sch
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1982
  • University Of Rochester Med Sch
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1986

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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My heart cath test indicated an aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair, maze, and a coronary artery bypass graft. The long surgery required was a bit unsettling. However, my consultation with Dr. Bauer settled my nerves. His experience and expertise made a successful operation more...Read More
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Gerald in Van Buren, AR – Mar 07, 2017
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I was very disappointed with Dr. Bauer. He was very nonchalant about my health. He has the God complex!! I don't think that he took the time to read all of the information that was forwarded to him by my cardiologist. He fat shamed me. I know my size I did not need to hear it multiple times from...Read More
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Conway, AR – Feb 20, 2017
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I was visiting family in Searcy, Arkansas when I suffered a massive heart attack. I was transported to St. Vincent hosptial by ambulance since their physicians are known as the best and was very fortunate to have Dr. Bauer perform my emergency surgery- coronary artery bypass. I was incredibly...Read More
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Elizabeth Clark in Columbus, OH – Jul 03, 2016
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I was at Baptist Hospital and was turned away. I went into Dr. Bauer's clinic because I was told that he would take my case. Not only did he perform my surgery, but he squeezed me into his busy schedule on a Thursday! I had just seen him the previous day! I truly felt like he cared and made me a...Read More
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Jose' Diaz in Little Rock, AR – Jul 03, 2016
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Dr. Bauer serves a free lunch in his clinic. He takes his time to answer every single question and gives each patient his undivided attention. I feel like a valued patient. I was scheduled for a double valve and coronary bypass, and he discovered that I had an underlying heart rhythm called atrial...Read More
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