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Can a failing tricuspid valve be replaced surgically?

A failing tricuspid valve can be replaced surgically. If the tricuspid valve is too damaged, it may need to be replaced. Biological valves (made of tissue) are more often used to replace the tricuspid valves. Mechanical valves (made of metal) are also an option, but are more commonly used when replacing the mitral valve or aortic valve.

Biological valves are made either from animal tissue, human cadavers, or a person's own tissue. If a mechanical valve is used, the person will have to take blood thinning medication for the rest of his or her life to prevent blood from clotting on the metal surface of the valve.

This content originally appeared online in "The Patient Guide to Heart, Lung, and Esophageal Surgery" from the Society of Thoracic Surgery.

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