Overview of Valve Replacement and Valve Repair
OVERVIEW OF HEART VALVE REPLACEMENT AND VALVE REPAIR
What is heart valve replacement or heart valve repair?
During a heart valve surgery, one or more valves are repaired or replaced. Heart valve surgery is performed to treat damaged heart valves which do not function properly leading to heart valve disease.
A damaged heart valve has problems either opening or closing. This causes blood to not move through the heart's chambers the way it should. Surgery fixes the problem by either repairing or replacing the affected valve. Repair means that the valve is mended to help it work better. Replacement removes the diseased valve and inserts a new valve in its place. Whether a repair or replacement will be required can be judged by your surgeon only when the surgery has begun.
Cost and Availability of Heart Valve Replacement or Repair