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Minimally Invasive Aortic Valce Replacement

Background

Blood flows out of your heart and into the aorta through a valve. This valve is called the aortic valve. It opens up so blood can flow out. It then closes, keeping blood from flowing backwards. Aortic valve surgery is done to replace the aortic valve in your heart.

Why is surgery performed?

Surgery may be done for these reasons:

Benefits

Minimally invasive aortic valve surgery is done through much smaller cuts than the large cut needed for open aortic valve surgery.

A minimally invasive procedure has many benefits. There is less pain, blood loss, and risk of infection. You will also recover faster than you would from open heart surgery.

During Surgery

During valve replacement surgery, your surgeon will remove your aortic valve and sew a new one into place. There are two main types of new valves:

Once the new valve is working, your surgeon will close the small cut to your heart or aorta, place catheters around your heart to drain fluids that build up, and close the surgical cut in your muscles and skin. The surgery may take 3 to 6 hours.

Source: MedlinePlus, a service of U.S. National Library of Medicine

Minimally Invasive Aortic Valce Replacement

Background

Blood flows out of your heart and into the aorta through a valve. This valve is called the aortic valve. It opens up so blood can flow out. It then closes, keeping blood from flowing backwards. Aortic valve surgery is done to replace the aortic valve in your heart.

Why is surgery performed?

Surgery may be done for these reasons:

Benefits

Minimally invasive aortic valve surgery is done through much smaller cuts than the large cut needed for open aortic valve surgery.

A minimally invasive procedure has many benefits. There is less pain, blood loss, and risk of infection. You will also recover faster than you would from open heart surgery.

During Surgery

During valve replacement surgery, your surgeon will remove your aortic valve and sew a new one into place. There are two main types of new valves:

Once the new valve is working, your surgeon will close the small cut to your heart or aorta, place catheters around your heart to drain fluids that build up, and close the surgical cut in your muscles and skin. The surgery may take 3 to 6 hours.

Source: MedlinePlus, a service of U.S. National Library of Medicine