Heart valve replacement surgery removes severely damaged valves and replaces them with reliable, long-lasting heart valves. Franciscan Health offers a variety of valve replacement and repair surgical options.
If a patient has severe valve damage most likely the heart valve will need to be replaced. Valve replacement surgery is most often used to treat aortic valves and severely damaged mitral valves. It is also used to treat any valve disease that is life-threatening. Sometimes, more than one valve may be damaged in the heart, so patients may need more than one valve repaired or replaced.
Franciscan Health offers minimally invasive heart valve surgery to selected patients. Minimally invasive heart valve surgery replaces or repairs heart valves using smaller incisions. This results in less pain for the patient, a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery time.
Patients who require additional cardiac procedures, including, coronary artery bypass surgery, elderly patients, patients with very diseased arteries and patients with a very weakly contracting heart will not be suitable for this approach.