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Aortic Valve Surgery

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A treatment for a life-threatening condition, aortic valve surgery is a complex procedure used to replace a damaged aortic valve. Patients with a severely damaged or malfunctioning aortic valve may experience chest pain, palpitations and other serious symptoms. Heart surgeons at Florida Hospital offer traditional and minimally invasive aortic valve replacement surgery. Florida Hospital is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best hospitals for aortic valve surgery. For qualified patients, minimally invasive surgery can reduce pain and decrease the recovery time from surgery. See if you are a candidate for this advanced procedure. Request an appointment today.

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Aortic valve surgery may be necessary to treat a malfunctioning or damaged aortic valve. Depending on the condition and severity of the damage, surgeons may perform aortic valve replacement surgery.

The aortic valve is located between the left ventricle and the aorta, the artery that carries oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Aortic valve surgery can replace the damaged valve using the patient’s own pulmonary valve or a metal/cloth valve.

Damage or dysfunction, such as aortic stenosis (stiffening) or regurgitation (blood flowing backward into the left ventricle) causes the heart to work harder to pump blood. Stress on the heart can be fatal. Surgeons perform aortic valve surgery to reduce the patient’s risk of heart attack or heart failure.

In traditional procedures, surgeons must open the mid portion of the chest, stop the heart (blood is circulated using a heart and lung machine), and replace the valve. Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute offers minimally invasive aortic valve surgery. This procedure is performed with smaller incisions and a catheter instrument that allows surgeons to operate without opening the chest.

Minimally invasive aortic valve surgery reduces the recovery time for patients as well as minimizing risks. See if you are a candidate for this advanced procedure. Request an appointment at Florida Hospital.