Surgery with Biological Heart Valve
Writer: Prof. Dr. Yavuz Besogul
Biological heart valves are used in heart valve replacement surgeries, especially for individuals over the age of 70. Since the lifespan of heart valves taken from animals such as cattle is shorter than mechanical valves, biological valves are not preferred in young individuals.
Heart valve replacement surgeries are generally performed for mitral and aortic valve insufficiency and stenosis problems. In cases where valve stenosis or calcification cannot be treated, patients' heart valves are replaced. Patients can return to their daily lives within 2-3 weeks after biological heart valve surgery, which can be performed with minimally invasive surgery and a few centimeter interventions.
It takes an average of 9-10 months for patients to fully return to normal after valve replacement surgery. During this period, patients should continue regular check-ups.