What happens during, and after an aortic valve replacement?

Aortic valve sx. The native aortic valve is surgically removed and replaced with a mechanical valve or a bioprosthetic valve. Mechanical valves last a life time but need anticoagulation with coumadin (warfarin).
Valve replacement. The surgery replaces the valve with either a mechanical or animal tissue valve. This is done on a heart lung machine. The valve takes the place of the damaged valve and the patient lives their life with a new disease 'artificial valve' with its own set of problems. The obstruction or valve leak of the diseased valve is corrected by the artificial valve. Sometimes blood thinners are needed.

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

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. Read more...
Chest pain, fatigue. These along with shortness of breath and occasionally passing out are the hallmarks of aortic stenosis or narrowing. If the valve is leaking, tends to be more shortness of breath. The valve is replaced with either a mechanical or tissue valve, using the heart lung machine and usually performed through the breast bone incision. After recovery, you should return to a normal life. Read more...

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

Aortic valve. Patients with leak or narrowing of valve need avr. During the surgery heart is stopped, aorta opened, and valve replaced. Post op patients need blood thinner depending on the type of valve. Read more...
Gradual Decline. In function, increased fatigue, worsening valve gradient and valve area. Symptoms of angina, syncope, heart failure depending on stenosis or regurgitation. Open heart operation with valve replacement with biologic(bovine or pig) tissue valve, or mechanical valve. Recovery 5-7 days then home to cardiac rehab and further recovery anticoagulation fr 3 months. Read more...

How dangerous is an aortic valve replacement?

Reasonably safe. Generally aortic valve replacement is a reasonably safe procedure. The operative risks however depends on the overall condition of the heart, age, presence or absence of other problems such as lung and kidney disease and the overall physical strength of the patient. In most cases the surgical risk should be less than 5% chance of a bad outcome. Read more...