The heart is your body's pump that is made up of muscle tissues. It has four pumping chambers, namely the two upper chambers called atria and two lower chambers, called ventricles. There are valves in between each chamber, and they are responsible for maintaining blood flow through to the heart.
There are different types of valves, namely:
Valve repair or replacement surgery is a procedure done to treat heart valve diseases where one of the four heart valves are not working properly. During this procedure, the surgeon replaces or repairs the affected or damaged heart valve.
A valve repair or replacement surgery is done to treat or correct problems caused by heart valve diseases. If you have a diseased or damaged heart valve, you may experience symptoms such as:
Depending on the nature or severity of the heart valve disease, Dr Dongo may recommend a valve repair or replacement to be done.
Valve repair or replacement surgery may be performed by the use of standard open-heart surgery, which involves the surgeon cutting your chest through the breastbone. Minimally invasive heart surgery, which involves the surgeon making smaller incisions in your chest, may also be performed.
After the surgery, the surgeon will close the incision with sutures or surgical staples.