Aortic Valve Bypass Surgery

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What is Aortic Valve Bypass Surgery?

Aortic valve bypass surgery was first performed more than 30 years ago, but has been an infrequently applied approach for patients with aortic stenosis, or obstruction of the aortic valve.

Cardiac surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center are leaders in aortic valve bypass, a minimally invasive approach for higher-risk patients with symptomatic aortic stenosis, or narrowing of the aorta.

Aortic valve bypass surgery is performed through a keyhole incision using cameras inside the patient's body. The surgeon makes an incision in the left chest and places a tube containing an artificial valve between the tip of the heart and the major blood vessel (the aorta) in the back of the chest. The tube relieves the blockage by bypassing, rather than replacing, the narrow aortic valve.

You may be a candidate for aortic valve bypass surgery if:

  • You are older than 65 years of age.
  • You have a narrowed aortic valve that is causing symptoms.
  • You do not have blockages of the coronary arteries.

Aortic valve bypass surgery is a time-tested procedure. Patients are currently doing well more than 25 years after undergoing aortic valve bypass surgery.

This page was last updated: February 3, 2014

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