What is Heart Valve Surgery?

Heart valve surgery is done to repair or replace heart valves that aren’t working properly.

Heart Valve Conditions

  • Valves don’t open enough (stenosis)
  • Valves don’t allow enough blood to go through
  • Valves don’t close properly (regurgitation)
  • Prolapse: Mitral valves flaps don’t close properly which causes a small leak

Heart Valve Surgeries

The following are the most common types of heart valve surgeries performed at Christian Hospital.

Valve repair: surgical procedure in which the damaged heart valve is repaired by loosening or tightening valve leaflets. Most commonly used for mitral valve regurgitation and tricuspid valve regurgitation. This type of surgery can be minimally invasive or an extensive surgery.

Valve replacement: replacing a damaged heart valve with a replacement tissue or mechanical valve. Valve replacement options include:

  • Mechanical valve: long-lasting valve that is man-made
  • Tissue valve: using a human or animal valve to replace damaged valve
  • Ross Procedure: borrowing your healthy valve and moving it to the damaged valve
  • TAVI/TAVR procedure: transcatheter aortic replacement

For more information on heart valve repair, call the Heart Center at Christian Hospital at 314.747.9355 or toll-free at 877.747.9355 or email us