Aortic Valve Surgery

You may need surgery if your heart’s aortic valve doesn’t properly control blood flow from your heart to the aorta, the body’s main artery. A damaged valve may not:

  • Tightly close, causing aortic regurgitation, or insufficiency 
  • Fully open, causing aortic stenosis

Either condition can lead to chest pain, shortness of breath, loss of endurance, or swollen feet or legs.

Aortic Valve Replacement

Most of the time, your AnMed surgeon will treat a damaged aortic valve by replacing it. A surgical replacement has a long, successful track record and may be your best treatment option.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a newer, less invasive treatment. Instead of reaching your heart through your chest, TAVR makes a tiny incision over an artery in your upper thigh and threads the new valve up to your heart. Compared to surgery, TAVR leads to a faster recovery. 

Ask your doctor which treatment option is right for you. 

Aortic Valve Repair

If you have aortic regurgitation, a surgeon may repair your aortic valve to stop blood from leaking backward into your heart. This treatment offers an alternative to blood-thinning medications.

Mitral Valve Surgery

Your heart’s mitral valve may need to be repaired or replaced if the valve doesn’t keep blood flowing properly through the heart. A damaged valve can:

  • Loosen, causing mitral valve regurgitation, or insufficiency
  • Harden, or calcify, causing mitral valve stenosis

Either condition can cause symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, and swollen feet or legs.

Mitral Valve Repair

An AnMed surgeon may repair your mitral valve by doing one of the following:

  • Reshaping the flaps that open and close the valve
  • Inserting a ring around a loose valve to tighten it

Mitral Valve Replacement

If you experience severe mitral valve regurgitation or stenosis, a surgeon may exchange your damaged valve for a long-lasting valve made of titanium, carbon or natural tissue. Your surgeon will recommend the right type of valve based on your health, age and lifestyle.

Recovery After Valve Surgery

Depending on your procedure, you’ll stay in the hospital for up to four days. Before you go home, we’ll schedule a follow-up appointment so your surgeon can check your incision and answer your questions. Within a few weeks, you’ll start cardiac rehabilitation to restore your heart’s strength and increase your energy, so you can enjoy a more active life

Talk to Your Doctor

If you have a question about your heart procedure, call your surgeon’s office.

Need a cardiologist? Ask your primary care provider for a referral or call AnMed WellnessConnect at 864-512-3748 for help finding a doctor.