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Heart Valve Replacement

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What is Heart Valve Replacement?

Your heart has four valves that open to let blood pass through and then close to prevent blood from flowing back in the wrong direction. Valves can become blocked or narrowed (stenosis), or start leaking (regurgitation). If a diseased heart valve can't be repaired, it must be replaced.

Today, valve replacement operations are fairly commonplace. If you have heart valve disease, heart valve replacement surgery can improve your health and energy.

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UR Medicine's Approach

There are several types of valve replacement surgery:

  • The Ross Procedure uses the patient's own pulmonary valve as a replacement for the aortic valve. The pulmonary valve is then replaced with a valve from a human donor. Compared to traditional valve replacement using manufactured prosthetic valves, the Ross Procedure is most beneficial for young people and active older patients because the valve will last longer than a prosthetic valve and does not require blood thinners.
  • Homograft replacement is valve replacement with donated human aortic valves. The use of human valves decreases the risk of infection.
  • Prosthetic valve replacement is performed with mechanical heart valves and tissue valves for patients with aortic, mitral, tricuspid, and pulmonic valve disease.
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a less invasive approach to treat severe aortic valve disease.

What Sets Us Apart?

UR Medicine is a referral center for the most complex heart surgeries, which means other hospitals in Upstate New York send their most challenging cases to us.

These other hospitals trust us because UR Medicine Cardiac Care leads the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region in the number and scope of specialized services.

Our programs for heart failure, heart transplant, and cardio-oncology are unique in the Rochester metropolitan area and surrounding region. These and other specialty programs ensure that you get the very latest treatments for a wide range of conditions, all based on a well-established, multidisciplinary approach.

As part an academic medical center, we’re involved in studies of the latest treatments. So our patients’ care is informed by the very latest findings.


Our care team is here for you. Find a UR Medicine expert and get care now.

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9 locations

Cardiac Care - Brighton
Part of Strong Memorial Hospital

Clinton Crossings, Building G
2400 South Clinton Avenue, 1st Floor
Rochester, NY 14618

Cardiac Care - Irondequoit
Part of Strong Memorial Hospital

999 East Ridge Road, Suite 1000
Rochester, NY 14621

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Hornell
Part of St. James Hospital

St. James Medical Office Building
7309 Seneca Road North, Suite 104
Hornell, NY 14843

Cardiac Rehabilitation Center - Brighton
Part of Strong Memorial Hospital

Canal View Office Complex
140 Canal View Boulevard, Suite 104
Rochester, NY 14623

Paul N. Yu Heart Center - Rochester
Part of Strong Memorial Hospital

Ambulatory Care Center at Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, Ground Floor
Rochester, NY 14626

Cardiac Care - Brighton
Part of Strong Memorial Hospital

140 Canal View Boulevard, Suite 102
Rochester, NY 14623

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Canandaigua
Part of FF Thompson Hospital

FF Thompson Hospital
350 Parrish Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Wellsville

Jones Memorial Hospital
191 North Main St​reet
Wellsville, NY 14895

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