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 or a
bioprosthetic heart valve made from human or animal (usually pig) tissue.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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