What is the risk of aortic valve surgery?

At Cleveland Clinic, the overall risk of death associated with surgery for isolated aortic valve replacement is less than 1%, compared with The Society of Thoracic Surgeon's benchmark of 2.4%. Mortality for minimally invasive "j" incision isolated aortic valve replacement is even lower and mortality for minimally invasive isolated aortic valve repair is also extremely low even for the David valve preserving procedure. Past history of heart surgery, your age, co-existing organ disease (such as emphysema), or other conditions that require surgical treatment will affect your individual risk. Ask your doctor about your surgical risk

Our Experience

The Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic is one of the largest valve surgery centers in the world. We offer many choices for valve surgery such as aortic valve repair, aortic valve replacement using several types of replacement options, and minimally invasive "j" incision aortic valve surgery. Cleveland Clinic also has broad surgical experience with combined, complex valve procedures. 60% of patients undergoing primary valve operation also had other, concomitant procedures. We have extensive experience with valve reoperations and over one-quarter of all valve procedures at Cleveland Clinic are reoperations. You may also be a candidate for an experimental valve inserted through a small incision in your groin or left chest, called Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). We would be happy to evaluate you to help you determine the best surgical option.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/14/2019.

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