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Aortic valve replacement

Everything you need to know about an aortic valve replacement including why and how it is done, the risks and your choices, with links to other useful resources.
Why you might need an aortic valve replacement
Aortic valve replacement is necessary if your aortic valve is narrowed (aortic stenosis) or leaking (aortic regurgitation). These are collectively known as aortic valve diseases.
Preparing for your aortic valve surgery
Before having an aortic valve replacement, you will attend a pre-admission clinic where you will be seen by a member of the team in hospital.
How surgery is performed
An aortic valve replacement is carried out under general anaesthetic. The surgeon will begin by making a large cut down the centre of your breastbone.
Recovering from surgery
After an aortic valve replacement, you will be taken to an intensive care unit (ICU) where your heart and lungs activity will be monitored for 24 to 48 hours.
Risks of aortic valve replacement
After an aortic valve replacement, several complications could occur, although most of these are rare.
Alternatives to aortic valve replacement
Aortic valve replacement is the most effective treatment for aortic valve diseases. However, having open heart surgery can place tremendous strain on the body.
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