Valvular Repair or Replacement services in the Low Country
The board-certified surgeons from Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates are adept at performing valvular repair or replacement services in the Low Country. Trust that you have a knowledgeable team with you every step of the way to provide guidance and to answer any questions you may have.
Understanding Heart Valve Repair Surgery
Heart valves are responsible for maintaining the flow of blood throughout the 4 chambers of the heart. When these valves become damaged or diseased, open heart surgery can be performed to repair or replace them. This enables your heart valves to function the way they are intended, while alleviating symptoms that include:
- Chest Pain
- Difficulty Breathing
- Heart Palpitations
- Weight Gain as a result of Fluid Retention
To repair a heart valve, we will assess the extent of the damage and determine the best method based on your individual circumstances. Methods include:
- Repair of Structural Support
Heart Valve Replacement Options
Heart valve replacement is performed when the valve is beyond repair. There is more than one type of heart valve replacement option. At Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates, we work with you to understand your medical history and specific circumstances in order to make the best recommendation for you. Our goal is to ensure that the replacement valve is not only seamlessly inserted but is able to function properly with the entire circulatory system.
Replacement valve options include:
- Bioprosthetic Valves are created using animal tissue. They last 10 to 20 years and to not require long-term anticoagulation medication. They are more prone to deterioration and may require replacement later in life.
- Mechanical Valves are the longest lasting of the replacement valves, but they also require blood thinning medication to be taken indefinitely in order to prevent blood clots and embolism.
- Aortic Allografts are used primarily when prosthetic valves fail. They last approximately 10 to 15 years after implantation
Contact Our Office
Cardiac surgery can feel like a daunting endeavor, but trust that you are in caring and capable hands. We are direct in our communications with you and encourage you to be an active participant so that we can facilitate the best medical care possible. Get in touch with us to schedule an appointment. We accept referrals from primary care and other physicians.