Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement

You should tell your doctor as soon as you think you have symptoms. Once your aortic stenosis becomes severe, and you begin to have symptoms, getting treated immediately is important.  Severe aortic stenosis can be treated by replacing your aortic heart valve. One way this can be done is through surgical aortic valve replacement.

Surgical aortic valve replacement is a type of surgery that is performed to replace a diseased aortic valve. It is performed through an incision in the chest and which completely remove the disease aortic valve and insert a new valve.

Open heart surgery is a very common, well-established procedure. More than 250,000 surgical valve procedures are performed across the world each year.1

Surgical Valve Replacement: step-by-step2

Surgical Valve Replacement: step-by-step2

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There are now a number of options for surgical valve replacement patients. Traditional methods utilizing a incision through the chest are still widely used, alternatively there are now minimally invasive surgical techniques available.

During the procedure, you will be under general anaesthesia and connected to a heart lung machine. This will temporarily take over the function of the heart and maintains blood circulation throughout your body.

The surgeon will completely remove the diseased aortic valve and insert a new valve. This can be either a mechanical or biological valve.

Your doctor may use an ultrasound machine after the procedure to make sure your new valve is working properly.

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