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    Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery

    The surgeon makes an incision in the chest

    Aortic valve replacement surgery may be done as an open-heart surgery or as a less invasive surgery (where the surgeon makes smaller incisions and does not open the chest). This slideshow shows the surgery as an open-heart surgery.

    To replace the damaged aortic valve, the surgeon first makes an incision in the chest and cuts through the breastbone (sternum).

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
    Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid C. Stuesse, MD - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery

    Current as ofMarch 12, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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