Mitral valve replacement

Picture of mitral valve replacement

Mitral valve replacement surgery is an open-heart procedure. The damaged heart valve is removed and replaced with a new valve. There are two types of replacement valve: a mechanical heart valve made from plastic or metal (shown above) or a bioprosthetic heart valve made from human or animal (usually pig) tissue.

Last Updated: February 9, 2009

Medical Review: Caroline S. Rhoads, MD - Internal Medicine & George Philippides, MD - Cardiology

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