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Are there alternatives to heart valve surgery?

Are there alternatives to heart valve surgery?

Usually not - cause?: Valve surgery is a long-term solution to a serious problem , usually no way to achieve similar effect/result without surgery. You can refuse consent, but you should be fully informed of the risks and expected outcomes before making any decision. There are different kinds of valve surgery depending on your condition. A complex issue you should discuss with your dr in detail. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Valve (Definition)

A valve is a structure that regulates the direction of flow. The heart is a special kind of pump. It moves blood by squeezing and relaxing. There are 4 chambers and each chamber has a valve. This keeps blood from moving backwards when the heart squeezes. When a chamber squeezes it lets the blood move forward but when the chamber is relaxed it prevents the blood from ...Read more


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Are there any alternate options to heart valve surgery?

Are there any alternate options to heart valve surgery?

Yes: There are options but depending on the situation they may not be very good. It depends on the valve involved, the type of pathology, how ill the patient is and the symptoms being experienced. Medical management is almost always done for a time (days to months) and can be appropriate for many patients. There are also less invasive approaches. ...Read more

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Are there surgeries to repair the aortic valve?

Are there surgeries to repair the aortic valve?

Yes: Some aortic valves can be repaired. Most aortic valve surgery requires a new mechanical or tissue valve to be implanted. ...Read more

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What are other ways to treat aortic stenosis besides valve replacement surgery?

What are other ways to treat aortic stenosis besides valve replacement surgery?

None: Unfortunately we are yet to find a non-surgical way to halt or reverse aortic stenosis. Current technology however is advancing the placement of new aortic valves through a catheter avoiding having to open the chest. ...Read more

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What are some good alternate options to heart valve surgery?

What are some good alternate options to heart valve surgery?

Sometimes: Medical management is always possible but may not be the wisest choice. The severity of the valve pathology, the valve involved, the status of the patient and the symptoms experienced are all important to a formal recommendation. There are several ways to do less invasive valve surgery that are becoming more common for select patients. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments for aortic stenosis other than surgery or percutaneous aortic valve replacement?

Are there any treatments for aortic stenosis other than surgery or percutaneous aortic valve replacement?

Long term, no: For "critical aortic stenosis" (valve area less than .7cm2) surgery, and occasionally valvuloplasty is the only curative treatment. Prior to the critical phase of aortic stenosis, the condition is temporized with medications that support overall heart function. ...Read more

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What are alternative treatments to aortic valve replacement?

What are alternative treatments to aortic valve replacement?

None: When the aortic valve needs replaced, the aortic valve needs replaced. Mortality is high if not replaced. ...Read more

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Are there plastic heart stents?

Are there plastic heart stents?

No: They're all metal currently. Some are bare metal. Some are coated with a medication to reduce clotting around the stent. ...Read more

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What are alternatives to minimally invasive heart surgery?

Many: Instead of minimally invasive cardiac surgery, one could opt for normal heart surgery (with a thoracotomy), percutaneous intervention (stents if the surgery is bypass, or tavi/valvuloplasty if related to aortic stenosis or mitral stenosis), or medical treatment. It depends on what the surgery is exactly as to what your options are. ...Read more

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Are there advantages to a heart valve replacement over a heart transplant?

Are there advantages to a heart valve replacement over a heart transplant?

Yes: A heart valve replacement does not require a new heart from a deceased individual, and does not create the need for lifelong immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection of the heart. ...Read more

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

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

Yes: There are several operations that in fact repair the aortic valve or preserve the native valve tissue while replacing the diseased aorta where the valve attaches. ...Read more

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What are success rates of ross procedures for aortic valve?is it suitable for mitral valve also?

What are success rates of ross procedures for aortic valve?is it suitable for mitral valve also?

Good for aorta: overall the success rate with the Ross proceedure is approaching 99% and long term results have been excellant, with more than 80% of the patients alive after 20 yrs and fewer than 15 % needing furter proccedures-------this also depends on the skill level of the surgeon that is doing the procceedure---choose wisely--;)---- -- no data on the mitral valve with above proceedure---- good luck ;) ...Read more

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Are there any natural treatments for tricuspid stenosis?

Are there any natural treatments for tricuspid stenosis?

No: Don't forego the benefits of living in the 21st century. If you are responsible for the physical and emotional well-being of a young person with tricuspid stenosis, and you are considering foregoing surgery in the hopes of finding an herb, magic food, or physical treatment, please don't delude yourself. The disability caused by valve disease is devastating. ...Read more

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What are treatments for aortic valve problems?

Depends: It depends on the type of aortic valve problem, insufficiency or stenosis. Both have different degress (mild, moderate, severe) and treatment is different in each category. They may have different etiologies also which will require different approaches to treatment as well. Severe forms of either malady will eventually need aortic valve replacement. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to surgery for barrett's esophagus?

Are there any alternatives to surgery for barrett's esophagus?

Several: For barrett's without dysplasia, or low grade dysplasia, acid reduction and endoscopic surveillance is fine. For small flat areas of high grade dysplasia, endoscopic options include endoscopic mucosal resection and radiofrequency ablation, for long segments of high grade dysplasia and very nodular high grade dysplasia the risk of hidden cancer is high and esophagectomy is the best option. ...Read more

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Are there alternatives to cataract surgery?

Are there alternatives to cataract surgery?

Not really: The only alternative to cataract surgery is to not remove the cataract. If you choose not to remove the cataract, the vision will slowly deteriorate. You may be able to change your glasses prescription and see better for a time period, but the cataracts will progress and the vision continually deteriorate. You will need surgery if you live long enough and want to continue to see. ...Read more

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What are the non-surgical alternatives to an open-heart bypass?

What are the non-surgical alternatives to an open-heart bypass?

Stenting: Coronary stent and/or angioplasty, if possible. Medical management, including beta-blockers and nitrates and/or ace inhibitors. There are also off-pump CABG for appropriate candidates as well as "minimally invasive" robot-assisted. ...Read more

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Are there any drawbacks to metal stents for your heart?

Are there any drawbacks to metal stents for your heart?

Clotting: Only if they clot, so take the Aspirin and other anti-platelet drug exactly as prescribed and don't miss any doses. ...Read more