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Bovine or mechanical valve for my mitral valve replacement surgery. Which is best?

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Dr. John Szawaluk
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Depends

The type of valve chosen depends on many factors ; age, other medical problems the type of valve disease, regurgitation/stenosis or some combination as well as pt preference.
Pt . Preference is important when it come to anticoagulation long term after valve surgery with a mechanical valve. If anticoagulation is not feasible or the pt does not want it then a bovine or tissue valve is the way togo.

In brief: Depends

The type of valve chosen depends on many factors ; age, other medical problems the type of valve disease, regurgitation/stenosis or some combination as well as pt preference.
Pt . Preference is important when it come to anticoagulation long term after valve surgery with a mechanical valve. If anticoagulation is not feasible or the pt does not want it then a bovine or tissue valve is the way togo.
Dr. John Szawaluk
Dr. John Szawaluk
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In brief: Variable

Both can be excellent when repair is out of possibility age bleeding or clotting history travel sports can all be part of risk, benefit and alternative discussion.
Mechanical requires lifelong anti coagulation.

In brief: Variable

Both can be excellent when repair is out of possibility age bleeding or clotting history travel sports can all be part of risk, benefit and alternative discussion.
Mechanical requires lifelong anti coagulation.
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