Valve Surgery Specialist

Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons of Ventura County

Cardiovascular Surgeons & Thoracic Surgeons located in Oxnard, CA

Heart valve problems can result in serious medical complications, including heart attack and stroke. Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons of Ventura County offers several treatment options for valve problems, including state-of-the-art valve surgery using both open and minimally-invasive techniques for patients throughout the Oxnard, Ventura County, CA region.

Valve Surgery Q & A

What symptoms can heart valve problems cause?

The heart has four valves that open and close to keep blood moving in the proper direction. If one (or more) of these valves is damaged, blood flow can be interrupted, resulting in symptoms like:

  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • irregular heartbeat or palpitations
  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • chest pain
  • shortness of breath
  • swollen feet or ankles

Valve problems can be caused by several factors, including high blood pressure, pulmonary disease, valve degeneration, connective tissue disorders, inflammatory diseases and congenital defects. Without proper treatment, heart valve problems can significantly increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

How are valve problems treated?

Heart valve problems can sometimes be controlled with medication to help regulate the valve activity. When medication is not sufficient, valve surgery can be performed to repair the valve or to replace it when necessary using biological or mechanical valves. The decision of whether to repair or replace a valve will be determined by many factors, including the type and extent of the problem and the patient’s overall health.

When is aortic valve surgery performed?

The aortic valve is located at the spot where the aortic artery meets the heart, controlling the flow of blood as it leaves the heart. Aortic valve repair replacement surgery is performed when the valve becomes damaged, usually as a result of:

  • valve stenosis, a condition that occurs when the valve’s flaps become stiff or thick
  • valve regurgitation, which occurs when the flaps (or leaflets) don’t close or seal properly, allowing blood to move backward (regurgitation is sometimes referred to as “leaky valve”)

What is the difference between traditional and minimally-invasive valve surgery?

Traditional valve surgery uses a large incision down the center of the chest through the breastbone, spreading the breastbone apart to access the heart. Minimally-invasive valve surgery uses several smaller incisions made in the spaces between the ribs, avoiding the need to cut through the breastbone. Minimally-invasive techniques are associated with faster recovery, shorter hospital stays, less tissue damage, decreased the risk of infection and less discomfort following surgery; however, not all patients are good candidates for minimally-invasive approaches.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons of Ventura County, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept.

Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Blue Cross
Blue Shield
Health Net