Newsletter Sign-up

Subscribe for up-to-date medical providers, medical tourism articles, news, and medical promotion.


Malaysia a Mecca for Medical Tourists!

Drawing most of its patients from the rapidly developing economies of India, China and Indonesia, Malaysia’s health tourism increased by 15% in 2013. 

Heart Valve Replacement Surgery

Heart valve replacement surgery replaces diseased heart valves. There are four valves in the heart, the aortic valve, the mitral valve, the tricuspid valve and the pulmonary valve. Blood that flows through the heart must flow through different chambers. When the heart pumps blood, these valves open to let blood through and close to prevent back-flow. Three kinds of heart valve replacement procedures are performed.

  • Mechanical valves made of man made materials such as ceramic or steel. These valves last the longest, but patients will have to take blood thinning medication such as aspirin for the rest of their lives.
  • Biological valves will last for 12-15 years. These are made of animal or human tissue. Here, patients don't have to take any blood thinning medication.
  • In some cases, the patient's own pulmonary valve may be used to replace the aortic valve. The pulmonary valve is then replaced with an artificial valve. It is an option for those who don't want to take blood thinners.


    • Synonym
      • Length
        • Benefits
          • Who is an ideal candidate
            • Recovery
              • Planning your surgery
                • Preparing your surgery
                  • Anesthasia
                    • Risks / Complications / Side effects
                      • After your surgery
                        • Price Range

                          Featured Heart Valve Replacement Surgery Providers Abroad


                          Al Ain Hospital

                          Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


                          Accreditation: JCI

                          Languages: English, Arabic

                          Al Ain Hospital, a highly specialized acute care and emergency hospital with 402 beds and more than 35 medical departments and divisions, is one of the two major hospitals in the Al Ain region of the ...

                          Star Medica Merida

                          Yucatan, Mexico


                          Languages: English, Spanish

                          The Hospital Certification is the process by which the General Health Council recognizes Medical attention establishments who participate voluntarily and accomplish more than 1,300 norms and official ...

                          Queen Fabiola Children's University Hospital

                          Brussels, Belgium


                          Languages: English, French, Dutch

                          Inaugurated in 1986, Queen Fabiola Children's University Hospital is the only Belgian university hospital entirely reserved for children's medicine : all is conceived for them and for their parents. F...

                          Singapore General Hospital

                          Singapore, Singapore


                          Languages: English

                          With a history and tradition of medical excellence spanning two centuries, Singapore General Hospital (SGH) is Singapore’s flagship hospital.

                          SGH operates as a restructured hospit...

                          Fundacion Cardioinfantil hospital

                          Bogota, Colombia


                          Accreditation: JCI

                          Languages: English, Portuguese, Mandarin, French, Italian, German, Spanish

                          For more than 7 years, Fundacion Cardioinfantil International Center has offered comprehensive care to international patients and their families during their entire cycle of treatment.

                          ...
                          View all Heart Valve Replacement Surgery Providers Abroad