Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement

Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement is a procedure that is done to replace an aortic valve that is not working properly with an artificial valve. The aortic valve is responsible for pumping blood in to the heart 4 chambers then to the rest of the body. The term ‘minimally invasive’ refers to the incision that is made to approach the heart. Minimally invasive surgery is a lot less invasive that more traditional surgery; leading to a more simple and quicker recovery.

Patients will typically need to have an aortic valve replacement if they suffer from:

  • Aortic stenosis – the heart valve is unable to open properly (link to blog)

  • Aortic regurgitation – blood is leaking back into the heart

Patients that need an aortic valve replacement will typically experience symptoms such as:

  • Shortness of breath

  • Swollen legs

  • Pain in the chest

  • Fatigue and dizziness

For this surgery you will be put under general anaesthetic; meaning that you will be in a deep sleep and will not experience any pain. The surgery will typically take several hours. The surgeon will put a number of small holes in the chest and approach the heart using special equipment, while the surgery is going ahead you will be connected to a heart and lung machine. Once the aortic heart valve is removed it will be replaced with the new valve.

Most patients will feel an instant ease of their symptoms when they wake up from the surgery. After about 3-5 days you will be able to go home. It is essential that you follow your doctors’ recommendations while you are recovering to ensure that you do not develop any complications.

If you would like to contact London Cardiac and Vascular Associates regarding minimally invasive aortic valve replacement, please contact our team on 02070348972. If you are suffering from aortic stenosis or aortic regurgitation, you can also contact our team to find out the different treatment options.

This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.