Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery

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Dr. Bethencourt performs the majority of Isolated (meaning no other procedure needed) Aortic Valve Replacements using a Minimally Invasively technique called “Mini-Thoracotomy” or “Port Access” allowing patients to get back to what they love doing most quicker than if they had aortic valve replacement using the “traditional” approach called a sternotomy or “open.” For more information on Aortic Valve Replacement Surgery, Contact the Bethencourt Group in Long Beach and Fountain Valley, CA at (657) 241-9440.


Patients who have isolated aortic valve disorders (no other problems) can have their surgery done via minimally invasive technique a Bethencnourt Group surgeon. Most patients who have had aortic valve replacement by mini-thoracotomy leave the hospital in few days and are back to their normal activities in a matter of a couple of weeks.

When performing a Mini-AVR through a thoracotomy incision, the surgeon makes approximately a two inch incision, cutting through a rib to access the heart. The entire procedure is performed through this small opening. 


TAVR stands for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. This procedure is for people who have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis and are considered either high-risk or too sick for open heart surgery.

TAVR ApproachFor people who have been diagnosed with severe aortic stenosis and who are high-risk or too sick for open heart surgery, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) may be an alternative, and results in lengthening patients’ lives. This less invasive procedure allows a new valve to be inserted within your native, diseased aortic valve. The TAVR procedure can be delivered through multiple approaches, transfemoral (through the leg), transapical (in the chest between the ribs), and transaortic (in the upper chest). Only a Heart Team (Interventional Cardiologist & Cardiothoracic Surgeon) can decide which approach is best for you based on your medical condition and other factors.

This less invasive procedure is different than open heart surgery. TAVR uses a catheter to replace the heart valve instead of opening up the chest and completely removing the diseased valve. It can be performed in multiple ways. The valve used during TAVR is inserted within your diseased aortic valve. The valve that is crimped onto a balloon is expanded and pushes the leaflets of your diseased valve aside.

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If you would like more information about aortic valve replacement, call us at (657) 241-9440.