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Aortic Valve Repair & Replacement

When you need aortic valve surgery, choose Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital for one of the Washington, D.C. region’s most experienced minimally invasive heart valve surgeons. Whenever possible, Anthony Rongione, MD, a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon, uses a surgical approach that:

  • Minimizes scars
  • Decreases pain
  • Reduces blood loss
  • Speeds your recovery

Do I Need Aortic Valve Surgery?

Your doctor may recommend replacing or repairing your heart’s aortic valve if the valve doesn’t properly control blood flow from your heart to the aorta, the body’s main artery. A damaged valve may not:

Either condition can make you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, loss of endurance or swollen feet or legs.

Minimally Invasive Care for Heart Valve Disease

If you qualify for minimally invasive aortic valve surgery, your surgeon will make a small incision in your chest instead of conducting traditional open-heart surgery. Compared to traditional, open aortic valve surgery, this technique can let you return to everyday activities sooner. You could spend as little as two to three days in the hospital instead of the usual five to six after traditional open-heart surgery.

During either open or minimally invasive surgery, a heart-lung machine may take over your heart’s job of pumping blood to your body.

Heart Valve Replacement

In most cases, a surgeon will remove a damaged aortic valve and replace it with a long-lasting valve made of titanium, carbon or organic tissue. The surgeon will help you choose the best type of valve based on your age, medical history and preferences.

If surgery isn’t right for your overall health, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) could relieve your aortic stenosis. This procedure requires just one tiny incision and may allow you to return home within one or two days.

Heart Valve Repair

If you’re diagnosed with aortic regurgitation, a surgeon may repair your aortic valve to stop blood from leaking backward into your heart. This treatment offers an alternative to blood-thinning medications.

Contact Us

Call 301-891-6101 to find out if you qualify for minimally invasive heart valve treatment at Adventist HealthCare.

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