Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Heart Valve Be Repaired?

Friday, 12 Apr 2013 09:47 AM

Question: Can a defective heart valve be repaired instead of totally replaced?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
Yes. A defective heart valve can be replaced or repaired by minimally invasive techniques using catheters and scopes. Unfortunately this is not available in all hospitals and tends to be offered mostly by larger academic teaching medical centers.
Open surgery is now becoming a procedure of last resort for many valve conditions. Surgery is accompanied by extended recovery and post-operative pain, while the newer scope procedures available now allow patients to be discharged from the hospital within several days with fewer complications.


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Question: Can a defective heart valve be repaired instead of totally replaced? Dr. Hibberd's answer: Yes. A defective heart valve can be replaced or repaired by minimally invasive techniques using catheters and scopes. Unfortunately this is not available in all hospitals...
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