How Many Hours Does Heart Valve Surgery Take?
Writer: Prof. Dr. Yavuz Besogul
Heart valve surgery is performed in two different ways: heart valve replacement and valve repair. If the patient has advanced calcification in the heart valves, the heart valves need to be replaced. However, it is also possible to treat the valves so that they can function.
How Long Does Heart Valve Surgery Take?
Heart valve surgery performed with minimally invasive surgery takes an average of 1.5 – 2 hours. The recovery process is also faster after surgery, which is performed with 3-4 centimeter incisions in the patient's armpit or on the side of the chest with minimally invasive methods. However, patients have a lower risk of experiencing complications after valve replacement using the closed heart surgery method.
How Many Hours Does Heart Valve Replacement Surgery Take?
In cases where heart valve problems cannot be treated, patients are fitted with artificial or natural heart valves. The patient's dysfunctional heart valve is removed and replaced with a natural or artificial valve. This surgery takes approximately 2 hours. Surgery duration may vary depending on the patient's general health condition, age and surgeon's experience.
How Many Hours Does Heart Valve Repair Surgery Take?
In cases where the problem in the heart valve can be treated without replacing the valve, heart valve repair is performed. Heart valve repair surgery takes an average of 1.5 – 2 hours. When the surgery is performed with minimally invasive methods, the risk of post-operative complications is reduced and the patient's recovery period is also shortened. In treatments performed with minimally invasive methods, the patient's comfort is increased and there are no surgical scars that will negatively affect the patient's psychology.