Minimally Invasive Surgery

Mitral valve repair is an open-heart surgical procedure to treat stenosis (narrowing) or regurgitation (leakage) of the mitral valve. The mitral valve is located on the left side of the heart and allows blood to flow into the heart's main pumping chamber. The mitral valve then closes to keep blood from leaking back into the lungs. When it is not working properly, it must be repaired by specially trained cardiothoracic surgeons. Our surgeons specialize in minimally invasive valve repair that is performed using small (less than 1-inch) incisions rather than one large incision. Tiny surgical instruments and a camera are inserted through the incisions. The surgeon performs the operation by watching images from the camera broadcast on a monitor. A major benefit of minimally invasive valve surgery is that the surgeon does not open the entire breastbone and chest. This results in less risk, less pain, and a faster healing time.

Other Options

People who are not candidates for traditional valve repair surgery may benefit from one of our other options:

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Repair (TAVR)

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) repairs a heart valve without opening the chest and removing the damaged valve. During the TAVR procedure, doctors insert a catheter into an artery in the groin or chest. The catheter is carefully threaded through the artery to the damaged valve. A synthetic replacement valve is then fitted into the damaged valve. It works like a stent to open the valve and regulate blood flow.

MitraClip Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair

The MitraClip technique treats mitral regurgitation, a condition in which the heart’s valves do not close tightly. As a result, blood leaks into the chambers of the heart, forcing it to work even harder. During the MitraClip procedure, a catheter is inserted in the groin or chest and threaded through the artery to the leaking valve. A small clip is then dropped into the most severe part of the leak and attached to both mitral leaflets. The clip pulls the leaflets together, closing the leak.