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Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

Posted On: 05-28-2015
Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

What is Heart Valve Replacement Surgery?

During heart valve replacement surgery, a diseased, damaged, or malfunctioning heart valve is replaced with an artificial mechanical valve or with a biological valve from a human, pig, or cow.

Also Known As:

  • Heart surgery

Conditions Treated with Heart Valve Replacement Surgery:

Heart valve replacement surgery may be utilized in cases of congenital valve disorder, bicuspid aortic valve, myxomatous valve disease, heart valve disease and a valve that has been damaged due to rheumatic fever or bacterial infection.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Heart Valve Replacement Surgery:

There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to heart valve replacement surgery.

Anesthesia with Heart Valve Replacement Surgery:

Heart valve replacement surgery is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Heart Valve Replacement Surgery:

Possible risks following heart valve replacement surgery include scarring, infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.

Prognosis after Heart Valve Replacement Surgery:

The prognosis for a positive end result following heart valve replacement surgery is good. However, the patient will likely need to take anticoagulants for the rest of their life.

Recovery from Heart Valve Replacement Surgery:

Total recovery from heart valve replacement surgery takes six to eight weeks.

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