Important Information on Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery
Preparing for Aortic Valve Replacement
Aortic valve replacement is performed in the hospital and the average hospital stay is 4 to 7 days; however, it is possible that you could stay longer.
Depending on your situation, you may undergo other tests prior to your aortic valve replacement. Your healthcare provider will explain the specific purpose of each test.
You will also be given specific instructions as to where and when to arrive at the medical facility, how to prepare for your aortic valve replacement surgery and what to expect the day of and the days following your surgery.
(Click Preparing for Aortic Valve Replacement for more information.)
Replacement Valve Options
For someone having an aortic valve replacement, the new aortic valve will be one of two types. These two types of aortic valve replacements are:
- A manmade mechanical valve, made of metal and plastic
- Tissue valve, which is an aortic valve that is taken from an infection-free animal heart.
Each type of aortic valve has specific advantages and disadvantages.
(Click Types of Aortic Valve Replacements for more information.)
The Surgery Itself
During an aortic valve replacement, the aorta is gently opened to reveal your aortic valve. The surgeon will then carefully remove the old aortic valve. At this time the doctor will then select a mechanical or tissue replacement valve and this be sewn into place with stitches. Once securely in place, the aorta will be closed with stitches.
(Click Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery for more information.)