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Please help! what happens in aortic valve replacement surgery?

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Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
New valve: The diseased vale is removed during surgery, and a new valve, either mechanical or biologic, is used to replace it. There are multiple types of valves available, and are chosen based on age, life style, and patient preference.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What will happen in aortic valve replacement surgery?

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Dr. Anthony Perez-tamayo
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Aortic valve: Chest opened, tubes inserted intto heart connecting to bypass machine to replace the function of the heart while it is temporarily stopped. The heart is stopped, and blood prevented from entering the main blood pipe (the aorta), the aorta is opened, the old valve is cut out, an artificial valve is sewn in, the aorta is emptied of air on closure, the heart is restarted, tubes out, chest closed.
A 33-year-old member asked:

How common is a mechanical aortic valve replacement surgery?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Somewhat common: Aortic valve surgery is the most common kind of valve surgery in the United States. For most surgical programs, the majority of heart surgery involves coronary artery bypass. Thus, aortic valve replacement probably represents approximately 5% of all heart surgery. The figure may be higher at some specialized valve surgical programs.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me what happens before, during, and after an aortic valve replacement?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Cardiology 20 years experience
Keep reading...: You need preop angiogram to see if there's blocked coronary arteries that should be bypassed at the time of surgery, unless you're under 40 (50 for females) with no major risk factors. During surgery, heart is stopped from beating, while a machine ("pump") circulates blood through the body; this allows surgeon easy access. Postop recovery is usually 1 week in hospital, 2 weeks in cardiac rehab.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What are things you should not do after an aortic valve replacement surgery?

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Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: The type of surgery used is important. Full sternotomy means no straining or heavy lifting for about 6-8 weeks, while a mini- sternotomy requires less recovery. A transcatheter approach can have patients fully active in about a week. Discuss recovery times with your surgeon before proceeding.

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