Where are the best aortic valve repair hospitals in the country?

Replacement . Routine aortic valve replacement should be very successful at any hospital with a busy open heart program and an expierenced surgeon. Interview your surgeon and check the hospitals numbers (all available on line) and trust your drs to send you to the right place. Sometimes pts get too clever. Be educated but dont go crazy. Unless ur in a very rural area, most cities have fine hospitals locally.

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How do I prepare for aortic valve repair surgery?

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. Read more...

What is the success rate of aortic valve repair?

Aortic valve surgery. Aortic valves are replaced. Mitral valves are repaired if possible, otherwise replaced. The success rates are very high in a typical pt. If bypass surgery is needed or if the pt has alot of other comorbid condtions then risks go up and success rates go down. Over all in low risk pts the rates of success are in excess of 95%. Read more...

Are there different aortic valve repair surgeries?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...

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

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. Read more...
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...

Is it normal to hurt while coughing after a week home from aortic valve repair?

Probably yes. . Heart surgery is often done through an incision on your chest which will certainly be tender one week out and more than likely hirt more when you cough. If you had it done percutaneously this may not be the case. Either way it would be a good idea to let your doctor know what's going on if you have any questions this soon after surgery. Read more...
Yes. You likely had your valve surgery through a wound called a sternotomy. This means the surgeon sawed through your breast bone. This is a broken bone that is wired back shut during wound closure but will take 6-12 weeks to heal much like any broken bone. You would put a broken arm in a cast for a similar time yet after the cast was removed, your arm would still be sore occasionally. Read more...