Mitral Valve Disease Treatment at CHI Franciscan
Like other heart valve surgeries, the two main options are to repair or replace the mitral valve using traditional surgery or minimally invasive procedures. Medication can sometimes be used to treat your symptoms and delay the onset of other problems, but you may eventually need surgery, depending on the severity of your condition.
Mitral valve repair or replacement
Mitral valve repair can involve patching holes in the valve, reshaping the valve, reconnecting valve leaflets, separating leaflets that may have fused, removing excess tissues, replacing cords that are supporting the valves or reinforcing the ring around the valve by implanting an artificial ring. Your provider may prefer repair over replacement, as it preserves more of your heart, and may preserve more heart function.
Valve repair can be done with minimally invasive surgery, using a thin tube (catheter) that’s inserted into a blood vessel and guided into your heart.
If your mitral valve can’t be repaired, your cardiac surgeon may replace it with a functioning biological or mechanical valve. A biological valve eventually breaks down and will need to be replaced in 10 to 15 years. A mechanical valve may never need to be replaced, but you’ll need to take blood thinners for the rest of your life to prevent blood clots forming around it.
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If you have mitral valve disease, talk with one of our experienced surgeons about your options.
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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
Arrhythmias and Atrial Fibrillation (Afib)
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Deep Vein Thrombosis
Heart Valve Disease
Peripheral Vascular Disease
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