What is minimally invasive mitral valve repair?
The mitral valve is a valve in your heart that regulates blood flow between the left atrium and the left ventricle. As the left atrium contracts, it sends oxygenated blood through the mitral valve to the left ventricle. When the left ventricle fills with blood, it contracts, sending the blood forward to your body. During this contraction, the thin triangular flaps — known as leaflets — of the mitral valve close, preventing the blood from leaking back into the left atrium, and ultimately back into the lungs.
When the mitral valve doesn’t close correctly, it can leak, causing blood to flow backward into the lungs, decreasing normal blood flow to the rest of the body. This condition is known as mitral regurgitation. A mitral valve can also become narrowed, interrupting blood flow between the left atrium and left ventricle—a condition known as mitral stenosis. Fortunately, minimally invasive mitral valve repair is an ideal treatment for patients with mitral regurgitation and can also be effective for many patients with mitral stenosis.
When we refer to a procedure as “minimally invasive,” we’re talking about one that is less invasive than open surgery used for the same purpose. Minimally invasive mitral valve repair allows us to repair the mitral valve with much smaller incisions. Instead of the typical 6- to 8-inch incision, minimally invasive mitral valve procedures can be performed with a 2- to 4-inch incision. For patients, the benefits of minimally invasive mitral valve repair include faster recovery times, shorter hospital stays, less pain and possibly decreased risk of infection.
Outcomes at St.Vincent Heart Center
St.Vincent Heart Center has been performing mitral valve surgery since 1973. Since that time, we’ve successfully repaired mitral valves for thousands of our patients. Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery has become the standard approach over the past 10 years at St.Vincent Heart Center.
Do you have questions or concerns about mitral valve repair at St.Vincent Heart Center? Feel free to call us at 317-583-7600.
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