Mitral valve replacement surgery

Mechanical mitral valve in heart and close-up of mechanical replacement valve

Mitral valve replacement surgery is an open-heart procedure. The damaged heart valve is removed and replaced with a new valve. There are two types of replacement valve: a mechanical heart valve made from plastic or metal or a bioprosthetic heart valve made from animal tissue.

Current as of: December 16, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Rakesh K. Pai MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
John A. McPherson MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
Caroline S. Rhoads MD - Internal Medicine

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