Risk of reoperative valve replacement for failed mitral and aortic bioprostheses.

@article{Akins1998RiskOR,
  title={Risk of reoperative valve replacement for failed mitral and aortic bioprostheses.},
  author={Cary W. Akins and Mortimer J. Buckley and Willard M. Daggett and Alan D Hilgenberg and Gus J. Vlahakes and David F. Torchiana and Joren C. Madsen},
  journal={The Annals of thoracic surgery},
  year={1998},
  volume={65 6},
  pages={1545-51; discussion 1551-2}
}
BACKGROUND One factor influencing the choice of mechanical versus bioprosthetic valves is reoperation for bioprosthetic valve failure. To define its operative risk, we reviewed our results with valve reoperation for bioprosthetic valve failure. METHODS Records of 400 consecutive patients having reoperative mitral, aortic, or mitral and aortic bioprosthetic valve replacement from January 1985 to March 1997 were reviewed. RESULTS Reoperations were for failed bioprosthetic mitral valves in 219… CONTINUE READING
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