Aortic Valve Repair or Replacement Surgery
- Valve Repair: The aortic valve is reconstructed to correct the leakage.
- Ross Procedure: The aortic valve is replaced with the your own pulmonary valve. A pulmonary valve from a tissue donor is then placed where the existing pulmonary valve had been.
- Valve Replacement: The aortic valve is replaced with either a mechanical valve, a valve from an animal donor, or a valve from a human donor.
After the valve is repaired or replaced, and the heart closed, the surgeon shuts down the heart-lung bypass machine, and the heart starts beating again. The surgeon then closes the breastbone and chest incision, and applies bandages to the incision site.