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Normal Mitral Valve


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Mitral Valve Regurgitation


Images courtesy of Abbott

Is Mitral Valve Surgery Right for you?





Repair vs. Replacement 

There are two types of mitral valve surgery:

Valve repair

·      Reconstructs your own valve

·      Uses your own tissues

Valve replacement

·      Damaged valve is cut out

·      Replaces your valve with a mechanical or bioprosthetic valve


Valve repair, where your native valve is repaired, is the preferred treatment option for mitral valve disease.  The Heart Valve Center surgeons have extensive experience in mitral valve repair and are dedicated to evaluating every patient for mitral valve repair.  This commitment to mitral valve repair has made the Heart Valve Center one of the top valve programs in the country, with a mitral valve repair success rate approaching 100%, far surpassing the national average of 50 -60%. 


Advantages of Repair

·      Better long-term survival

·      Improved lifestyle

·      Improved heart function and maintain heart structure

·      Better valve durability

·      Lower risk of stroke and infection (endocarditis)

·      Decreased need for blood thinners (anticoagulants)