Aortic Valve Regurgitation - Surgery
Valve replacement surgery is the only
cure for aortic valve regurgitation. Having surgery is a big decision. To help decide when you need surgery, you and your doctor will look at your overall health, your heart health, and how severe your regurgitation is.
Your doctor will check:
- Your symptoms, if you have any.
- Your ejection fraction (how much blood your heart is pumping out to your body).
- The size of your left ventricle.
If you need some other heart surgery, such as coronary artery bypass graft surgery, your doctor may suggest valve replacement at the same time.
Even if you don't have symptoms, your doctor may suggest surgery. Most of the time, symptoms only occur when the heart is already damaged. Learn more about deciding about surgery for aortic valve replacement.
If you have surgery, a mechanical or tissue valve will be used to replace your heart valve. Before you have surgery, you and your doctor will decide on which type of valve is right for you. To help with this decision, see:
- Heart Valve Problems: Should I Choose a Mechanical Valve or Tissue Valve to Replace My Heart Valve?