Posted on September 1st, 2007 under Heart Valve Replacement.
There are several choices a patient will make as they prepare for heart valve replacement surgery – the surgeon, the hospital, the procedure, where to recover, etc.
For those patients who chose to have a tissue valve replacement, the question ultimately becomes, “Which tissue valve should I chose?” and “Which manufacturer makes the best valve for me?”
In this blog, I am going to profile a number of the leading valve manufacturers (Edwards, Medtronic, St. Jude Medical, On-X, ATS) and their valve replacement products. In my opinion, it really does help to know more about the valve that may accompany you during the rest of your life, right?
Today, I am going to profile the Medtronic Hancock Porcine Heart Valve.
The Medtronic Hancock Porcine Heart Valve is a stented tissue valve in which the tissue is attached to a cloth-covered, flexible stent. The Medtronic valve is treated with a solution called T6 tissue treatment. This porcine heart valve is approved for both the aortic valve and mitral valve positions by the Food and Drug Administration.
So you know, the Medtronic Hancock Porcine Heart Valve has been used for over 20 years and a recent research study showed 100% freedom from structural valve deterioration in patients 65 or age or older.
Interestingly enough, Dr. Tirone David from Canada has commented on this valve. He said, “The durability of the Medtronic Hancock Porcine Heart Valve has been excellent, particularly in the aortic position.”
I hope that helps you better understand a little bit more about the tissue heart valve replacement known as the Medtronic Hancock Porcine Heart Valve.
Keep on tickin!