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A 53-year-old member asked:

What patients need heart valve replacement surgery?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
Leaky or tight valve: Generally this type of surgery is recommended for patients with severely stenotic (tight), or severely leaking (incompetent) valves. If a patient has a moderate case of either of these issues and have to go to bypass surgery, sometimes the surgeon will take care of the valve problem as well, that depends on the patient. The most common valves are aortic and mitral.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Stenotic or leaking: Any of the four heart valves can have congenital or acquired diseases. As they worsen clinically, as followed by echocardiogram or cath surgery will be considered and all risks and benefit chances reviewed mitral can frequently be opened or repaired depending on the surgical findings. Aortic generally can't be repaired or just opened except in kids. Replacement by biologic or mechanical valve.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Need heart valve replacement soon; which is best valve?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Too complicated: Can't answer this here. Talk to your heart surgeon. "best" valve depends on their expertise, your specific situation and your future plans.
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A 80-year-old male asked:

Why isn't tvar heart valve replacement offered to all heart patients?

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Dr. Dustin Colegrove
Internal Medicine 12 years experience
Due to risk: Of not tolerating the procedure (dying on the operating table) is the most common reason. Other reasons could be related to other comorbidities including kidney disease or underlying severe respiratory problems,
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the cost of double heart valve replacement surgery?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Ask hospital account: Your hospital accountant may be able to inform you the cost of the procedure at that particular institution.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is heart valve replacement surgery successful?

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Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Thoracic Surgery 49 years experience
Yes: But, it depends on the diagnosis and indication for the procedure, as well as the experience of the cv surgeon.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What do you advise for heart valve replacement surgery?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Specifically: If your doctor says you need it, you'd better pay attention! Do you have a specific question?

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