Your heart has four valves that open to let blood pass through and 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 may improve your health and energy.
Heart valve replacement surgery requires general anesthesia and the use of a heart-lung machine to maintain blood flow while your heart valve is being replaced. The surgeon makes an incision to expose your heart, your old valve is removed and a new one is sewn into its location.
As with all surgeries, the risks of valve replacement surgery are related to the age and relative health of the patient. Those risks include:
UR Medicine Cardiac Care provides the most advanced valve replacement surgeries in the Rochester region. We also provide the widest range of valve replacement options for our patients. Our team regularly handles the most complex cases in the region with excellent outcomes.