Heart Valve Replacement Options Worldwide

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Looking for top Heart Valve Replacement options abroad? To make your choice, explore the ranking of 57 heart valve replacement clinics and 14 doctors based on verified reviews. In case you need any assistance, talk to a real person — our medically trained customer support is here for you 24/7.

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How much does heart valve replacement cost?

Updated: 2021-09-09
The average price of heart valve replacement is $21800, the minimum price is $5300, and the maximum price is $70000.
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57 Heart Valve Replacement Clinics Found

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Scientific Institute for Research and Healthcare Accrediatation

Scientific Institute for Research and Healthcare Accrediatation

IRCCS accreditation is given to the medical centers which combine medical assistance with research activity. The Italian Ministry of Health grants IRCCS accreditation to the limited number of institutions across the country.

World's Best Hospitals 2021 by Newsweek

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Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

CyberKnife

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Gamma Knife

Joint Commission International

Joint Commission International

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The Week magazine ranking

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World's Best Hospitals 2021 by Newsweek

World's Best Hospitals 2021 by Newsweek

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Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

CyberKnife

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Gamma Knife

International Organization for Standardization

International Organization for Standardization

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Joint Commission International

Joint Commission International

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European Society for Medical Oncology

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Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

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Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

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Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

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Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

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NanoKnife

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International Organization for Standardization

International Organization for Standardization

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Joint Commission International

Joint Commission International

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Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

CyberKnife

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Joint Commission International

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Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

CyberKnife

CyberKnife

Gamma Knife

Gamma Knife

Joint Commission International

Joint Commission International

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Best Heart Valve Replacement Doctors

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Maisano Francesco
Cardiothoracic surgeon
Milan , Italy
San Donato Hospital
4.7
( 23 reviews )
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Milan, Italy
San Donato Hospital
Ottavio Alfieri
Cardiothoracic surgeon
Milan , Italy
San Raffaele Hospital
4.5
( 32 reviews )
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Milan, Italy
San Raffaele Hospital
19 years of experience
Doctor Ottavio Alfieri is an award-winning heart surgeon with over 15 years of practical experience in cardiac surgery. Has developed a method of mitral valve repair which is the most applicable method of percutaneous correction of mitral regurgitation. Has performed more than 15,000 cardiac procedu ...
Gideon Uretzky
Cardiologist Interventional cardiologist Cardiothoracic surgeon
Tel Aviv , Israel
Sourasky Medical Center
4.4
( 125 reviews )
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Sourasky Medical Center
26 years of experience
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5 positive reviews on heart valve replacement

Danga Dec 16, 2020
Verified review. The patient underwent heart valve replacement in Apollo Hospital Indraprastha

I want to thank Dr.Murtada, because he’s the one who arrange it with the hospital. he was with us the whole way asking if we need anything, if everything is OK and I keep asking him a question too but he doesn’t get tired he googled and answer or he calls them straight to figure out the situation. At first me doing it by myself make me tired of emailing all of the hospital in India but after I contact Bookimed he finish everything that it takes me three weeks to due in 2days.The hospital was good to us, they arrange driver named Manpreet Singh that can speak English and take us everywhere we ask am and help us travel popular places, he is the best. I want to thank Karan Kumar for being with us until the end he is the one who take care of everything in the hospital for us and outside of the hospital too. The nurse are nice and the food is very good and my mom surgery went very good by Dr. Anoop k Ganjoo, he is really good doctor. I will recommend you changing your dollar to rupees before going to India.

Anonymous Feb 5, 2020
Verified review. The patient underwent heart valve replacement in Centro Médico Teknon

Skype consultation went well. We got the answers. Thank you, no problem Скайп консультация прошла хорошо. Мы получили ответы. Спасибо, все без проблем

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Tatyana Apr 28, 2019
Verified review. The patient was treated of mitral valve insufficiency in Helios Park Hospital Leipzig

Anonymous Mar 16, 2019
Verified review. The patient underwent heart valve replacement in Global Hospital Chennai

Very pleased with the service and the excellent work of the translator. Thank you for the coordinated work of the whole team. Очень доволен сервисом и прекрасную работу переводчика.Спасибо за слаженную работу всей команды.

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Ekhlas Sep 20, 2019
Verified review. The patient underwent heart valve replacement in Anadolu Medical Center

Team was good , our stay was usefull ..but the cost was soo high .. its need some look .. the lab tets no bleavable ..

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FAQ about Heart Valve Replacement

Heart surgery is performed when:

  • patient’s condition is getting worse: pain becomes unbearable, risk of heart attack increases;
  • if the state is already severe and regular medications don’t help;
  • patient shows signs of valve dysfunction.

Additional examinations, medications, or lifestyle changes may be prescribed to avoid undergoing the procedure. Valve repair is a preferable alternative to replacement since it allows to preserve the heart and the valve. The procedure is performed on the open heart with the use of heart-lungs bypass machine. The success rate of the operation is up to 92%.

Indications and contraindications for heart valve replacement

Physicians make a decision whether a patient needs valve replacement based on examination results. In case of the following conditions, a doctor may prescribe the valve replacement:

  • shortness of breath;
  • chest pain or discomfort;
  • arrhythmia;
  • loss of stamina;
  • lightheadedness;
  • dizziness;
  • swelling of feet or ankles.

Any patient with known heart issues must be cautious about above mentioned signs and perform check-ups whenever any of them manifest. Early diagnosis is crucial for this disease. Patients who are not aware of their condition, may suffer heart damage due to malfunctioning heart valves. This damage may lead to heart attacks, critical conditions and sudden death.

Contraindications for heart valve operation:

  • oncology;
  • conditions that predispose to bleeding (poor coagulation);
  • HIV;
  • severe infections (including STDs);
  • renal dysfunction.

Operation

Minimally invasive replacement operation

The operation is performed while a patient is under general anesthesia. Heart-lung machine is used to sustain blood flow during the procedure. Minimally invasive surgery is conducted by a team of cardiac surgeons. Physicians utilize long instruments and optical devices that are inserted through a small incisions in patient’s chest. The procedure puts patient's body under less stress and is considered less risky.

Minimally invasive surgery presumes shorter patient hospital stay and quicker recovery.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR/TAVI)

TAVR is a minimally invasive replacement of aortic valve. Sometimes referred to as “implantation”(TAVI). A catheter is utilized in this procedure. During the operation surgeons reach patient’s heart through a small incision in the chest or through the vein. Once in position, replacement valve is either self installed or expanded and set with a balloon. TAVR is used in patients who are at high risk of surgery-related complications. TAVR is also applied for biological valves replacement.

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement

Replacement of the heart valve (operation on the open heart)

In cases when patient’s valve cannot be repaired, a replacement becomes viable. Damaged valve is removed and replaced with the mechanical or biological one. Biological valves are made of cow, pig, or human heart tissue. Biological valves degrade over time, so there will be a need for a replacement in 10-15 years.

Patients with mechanical valves need to take blood-thinning medicine for the rest of their lives to prevent formation of blood clots.

Surgeons will discuss all the details related to the valve type before the operation, including valve replacement surgery cost. Biological valves can be replaced utilizing catheters, without the need of open heart surgery.

Biological valve placement

Bilogical valve

Mechanical valve placement

Mechanical valve

Heart valve repair

Valve repair operation is always chosen over the replacement. This procedure may include:

  • stitching holes in a valve;
  • separating valve flaps that have grown together;
  • tightening annulus muscle ring around the valve;
  • replacement of supporting cords of the valve;
  • reconnecting valve flaps;
  • cutting out excess valve tissue.

Some procedures may be carried out with the use of catheter, guided through patient’s artery. For example, narrowed valve opening is treated with balloon valvuloplasty. During this operation, a balloon attached to the catheter is guided to the narrowed valve. The balloon is then inflated, expanding the valve and allowing blood to pass freely.

Preoperative preparation

Before the operation a patient undergoes standard examinations:

  • ECG;
  • blood and urine tests;
  • chest x-ray.

Patients shouldn’t smoke 2 weeks before the operation, as it increases the risk of complications.

If the operation is not minimally invasive, a patient is administered general anesthesia and connected to heart-lungs bypass machine. After that, the repairs or replacements are done. When it’s over, the heart is started and a patient is disconnected from heart-lung bypass.

The operation takes 2-5 hours to complete, but may take longer if additional procedures are required.

Rehabilitation

Recovery

After the operation, a patient spends first 1-3 days in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). In-hospital postoperative stay lasts for up to 2 weeks. Physicians may assign a special exercise regimen or rehabilitation program to a patient. During hospital stay patient’s vitals are constantly monitored, any pain syndromes are treated with anabolics, and antibiotics are issued if any signs of infection manifest.

Recovery period varies depending on patient’s overall health state. On average, patients can return to non-physically demanding work 4-6 weeks after the operation.

Home care

Patients are usually dismissed from the hospital 2 weeks after the operation. Physicians recommend commiting to 150 minutes of exercise weekly. It is also advisable that a patient quits smoking and/or drinking. Bad habits are known to reduce replaced valve’s life time and cause complications.

If a patient has received mechanical valve, they should take blood-thinning medicine. Any doctor should be notified about that fact because thinned blood has greater potential for passing infections. Before performing any operations that may cause bleeding, patients need to be administered special antibiotic.

Outlook

The operation is considered low-risk and doesn’t put organism under too much stress. Patients must always stay on lookout for possible signs of heart valve malfunction, because there is a little chance that replaced valve will fail. Usually it happens with biological valves 10-15 years after the operation. The symptoms are typical for heart valve malfunction and include fatigue, short breath, and lightheadedness. In such cases it is advisable to undergo another operation.

Heart valve replacement surgery cost

Heart valve replacement cost is influenced by the following factors:

  • Type of conducted operation. Minimally invasive mitral valve replacement costs more than procedures on the open heart. Heart valve surgery cost also depends on whether a valve will be repaired or replaced.
  • Type of replacement valve. Biological valve replacement cost differs from mechanical aortic valve replacement cost.
  • Patient condition. Tavr procedure cost may increase due to prolonged hospital stay. TAVR cost may also increase due to any additional received medicines.
  • Additional operation. In some cases it may be viable to perform two operations in succession. For example, additional stenting or bypass surgery will increase mitral valve surgery cost.
  • Hospital location. Heart valve repair surgery cost in the USA is 2-3 times higher than in India or Turkey.

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