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A 31-year-old member asked:

are there different aortic valve repair surgeries?

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Dr. Marco Paliotta
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Yes. : There are several procedures that can be performed for the aortic valve depending on the age of the patient and the primary problem with the aortic valve. In younger patients, aortic insufficiency can sometimes be repaired with various techniques. In older patients, many times the aortic valve has to be replaced because of calcification. Aortic stenosis, at any age, usually needs valve replacement.
Dr. Alan Heldman
Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes: When they need fixing, aortic valves are generally replaced, not repaired, although in some conditions surgical repair is possible. Replacing the aortic valve can be done by a variety of surgical approaches (through the front of the chest, or between upper ribs), or by newer transcatheter approaches.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

How do I prepare for aortic valve repair surgery?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Follow instructions: Your doctor and office staff will give you specific instructions about which medications to take on the day of surgery. Usually, patients are instructed to continue blood pressure medications on the usual schedule. If you are on aspirin, ask if you need to stop taking it. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight other than a sip of water for taking your medications. Take a morning shower.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Are there aortic valve repair surgeries that don't replace the valve with an artificial one?

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Dr. Mark Rasak
Cardiology 33 years experience
Yes and no: The valve is replaced. But the choices are mechanical, "pig", bioprosthetic. The mechanical valve lasts a life time usally. It requires anticoagulation with warfarin. The pig valve is by in large being replaced by bioprosthetic. They will not last as long but wont require long term warfarin.These will last 10 to 15 yrs usually. If your young a mechanical valve that wont need re-do surgery.

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