During heart valve surgery, cardiac surgeons repair or replace valves that have been damaged. Inova Heart and Vascular Institute offers the most advanced surgical techniques available – both open surgical and minimally invasive – to repair and replace all heart valves: aortic, mitral, tricuspid and pulmonary.

"Nobody wants heart surgery. But if you have to have it done, go to Inova."

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Recent innovations have increased the options for valve repair and valve replacement. Many of these new techniques also promote greater comfort and faster recovery times. Learn more about minimally invasive heart valve repair and replacement options

Inova Heart and Vascular Institute experience

Inova Heart and Vascular Institute's outcomes, for both open heart valve surgery and minimally invasive surgeries, outperform the national average.

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Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

TAVR has revolutionized the treatment of aortic stenosis, offering a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open aortic valve replacement surgery. The transcatheter approach allows for early ambulation, much shorter length of stay, and rapid recovery. Inova offers options for customizable heart valves including the Evolut PRO valve and Sapien 3 valve.

TAVR treatment options are available across all risk profiles including patients with asymptomatic aortic stenosis. Read more information about TAVR arrows

Open Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery

Inova Heart and Vascular Institute offers open surgical aortic valve replacement options using biological (tissue) valves. These are usually made from pig or cow tissue. They are easy to insert and generally last 15 to 20 years. Patients who receive tissue valves do not need to take a blood thinning medication, such as Coumadin, for the rest of their lives.

  • Mechanical valves: Easy to insert and durable, generally lasting more than 20 years. Patients who receive mechanical valves must take a blood thinning medication for the rest of their lives to prevent blood clots.
  • Biological (tissue) valves: Usually made from pig or cow tissue. They are easy to insert and generally last 15 to 20 years. Patients who receive tissue valves do not need to take a blood thinning medication, such as Coumadin, for the rest of their lives.

Mitral valve repair

Mitral valves can be repaired in a variety of ways. Your heart structure, diagnostic results, age and medical condition all play an important role in the type of valve surgery your surgeon recommends.

Mitral valve replacement

Mitral valve replacement is performed less frequently, usually in cases where the valve cannot be repaired. Options include:

  • Biological (tissue) valves: Usually made from pig or cow tissue. They are easy to insert and generally last 15 to 20 years. Patients who receive tissue valves do not need to take a blood thinning medication, such as Coumadin, for the rest of their lives.
  • Mechanical valves: Easy to insert and durable, generally lasting more than 20 years. Patients who receive mechanical valves must take a blood thinning medication for the rest of their lives to prevent blood clots.

    Intrepid Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement (TMVR)

    a closeup of an Intrepid deviceInova is the only hospital in the Washington, DC, area to offer the Intrepid TMVR system through the Apollo trial. This study will offer transcatheter mitral valve replacement to patients who are either ineligible or at increased risk for conventional mitral valve surgery.

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