Valvular Repair or Replacement

The board-certified surgeons from Piedmont Medical Center are adept at performing valvular repair or replacement in Rock Hill, SC. 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
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Edema
  • 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:

  • Commissurotomy
  • Valvuloplasty
  • Reshaping
  • Decalcification
  • Repair of Structural Support
  • Patching

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 Piedmont Medical Center, 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

Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery