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Mitral Valve Replacement


Picture of a mechanical replacement valve in the heart

Mitral valve replacement surgery is an open-heart procedure. The damaged heart valve is removed and replaced with a new valve. There are two types of replacement valve: a mechanical heart valve made from plastic or metal (shown above) or a bioprosthetic heart valve made from human or animal (usually pig) tissue.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
Last RevisedNovember 29, 2011

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