The number of aortic valve procedures includes an increasing number of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) procedures.
Isolated aortic valve replacement procedures replace the aortic valve only. The Frankel CVC 5-year average operative mortality for isolated aortic valve replacement is 1.1%. Our operative mortality for 2015 was 0.9%.
Note: Aortic valve replacement procedures chart excludes TAVR.
The types of valve used in isolated aortic valve replacement procedures are predominantly tissue valves, either stented porcine or bovine, or a stentless porcine valve.
The University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center has more than 20 years of experience using stentless valves and was involved in the early research studies using these valves.