Aortic Valve Replacement
I personally have known more elderly people to have heart surgery for aortic valve replacement than any other. For a while now, there has been an artificial aortic valve that can be placed by means of catheterization rather than cutting open the chest. That option makes for a much easier recovery. This particular valve has an additional, previously unavailable option. It can be “recaptured” and “repositioned.” That means it can be grasped and moved into a better alignment if need be.
A new aortic heart valve does not require open heart surgery. The CoreValve®Evolut™ R System is deployed with a catheter, which is inserted into an artery and guided to the heart. The artificial valve takes over the function of the diseased valve. The system is much less invasive than open surgery.
New aortic heart valve does not require open surgery