Comprehensive Valve Surgery

Aortic and mitral valves control the flow of blood through the heart and to the body. Sometimes, this blood flow can become abnormal due to narrowing (stenosis) or leaking (regurgitation) of the valves. When this happens, valvular heart surgery can either repair or replace the defective valves.

Heart Surgeries To Repair or Replace Defective Valves

There are two types of cardiac surgeries to improve blood flow through the left side of the heart:

  • Aortic Valve Replacement: Requires the selection of either a tissue or a mechanical/artificial, one-way valve to replace the abnormally functioning one.
  • Mitral Valve Repair or Replacement: Accomplished by the alteration or repair of your own valve tissue, especially when leakage is the main problem. This is usually feasible over 90% of the time at Sacramento Cardiovascular Surgeons versus the national average of 50%. Mitral valve replacement may be achieved with either a mechanical or tissue prosthesis.

To correct abnormal blood flow through the right side of the heart, there are also heart surgeries to repair and occasionally replace pulmonary and tricuspid valves.

Valve surgery is an open heart procedure. Depending upon your age, health, medical history and findings, recommendations will vary as to the operation. If you also suffer from atrial fibrillation, Sacramento Cardiovascular Surgeons can concomitantly treat your arrhythmia in just minutes during your valvular surgery with a standard Open Maze Procedure utilizing radiofrequency (RF) energy.

Regardless of where you live, a full life begins with a healthy heart. If you or a loved one have questions about cardiac, thoracic or vascular surgery or require more information about valve repair or replacement, or the Surgical Treatments of Cardiac Arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation, California’s heart surgery experts can help. Contact Sacramento Cardiovascular Surgeons today by calling 916-452-8291 or toll free at 877-452-8291. Or, schedule a consultation at their office in Sacramento. You depend on your heart; it depends on you. Take control and make the call. Today.