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Complications of Mitral Valve Replacement

No procedure is ever completely free of risks; however, mitral valve replacement has been performed for many years with successful results and limited complications.
 
Some possible complications of this procedure include (but are not limited to):
 
Loss of life associated with mitral valve replacement occurs in approximately 4 out of 100 procedures that are elective, or planned. During emergency surgery, loss of life can be much higher, occurring in 10 to 20 out of 100 procedures.
 
It may be that in your doctor's practice, few of these mitral valve replacement complications have occurred. It is important, however, for you to know and understand the potential complications so that you are fully informed before your procedure.
 

Summary

The goal of a mitral valve replacement is to remove your defective mitral valve and replace it with one that will work more efficiently.
 
It is an effective procedure that is successfully performed in most cases. The majority of patients have fewer symptoms after this procedure.
 
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