Why do I need valve surgery?
Valves work to ensure blood only flows one way through your heart but can sometimes be damaged by inflammation, infection, degreneration. This means blood may leak into another chamber or have difficulty getting past a valve that is narrow. Surgery works to either repair the valve or replace it altogether, ensure normal blood flow can be resumed.
How long will my valve last?
If a pig valve (porcine valve) is used it will typically last 10 – 15 years.
If a mechanical valve is used it should be for life.