Heart Valve Surgery Procedure

Heart valve surgery can help improve your blood flow. There are two surgical options: repair, when the surgeon can restore the valve to normal function, and replacement, which is necessary if the heart valves are seriously damaged and cannot be repaired. If the valve needs to be replaced, there are two options, depending on your diagnosis: tissue or mechanical valves.

Heart valve surgery is a major surgical procedure and like any surgery does carry some risks and should be discussed with your doctor. Recovery time for heart valve surgery will be about the same as someone who has had heart bypass surgery.

After surgery, you are taken to the Cardiovascular Unit where you remain until you’re strong enough to go home.