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Like any type of surgery, an aortic valve replacement is associated with a number of complications. Fortunately, serious problems are uncommon.

The risk of experiencing complications is generally higher for older people and those in generally poor health.

Possible problems include:

An aortic valve replacement is a major operation and occasionally the complications can be fatal.

Overall, the risk of dying as a result of the procedure is estimated to be 1 to 3%.

But this risk is far lower than the risk associated with leaving severe aortic disease untreated.