Mitral Valve Replacement
As one of the highest-volume surgical programs in the country, Nancy and
Bill Thompson Heart Valve Center’s
expert cardiac surgery team is well-versed in the full array of mitral valve surgical options, including
minimally-invasive surgical procedures that may not be available at other
centers. In addition, the team has received multiple cardiovascular surgery
awards, including being named among the top 12% of heart surgery practices
in the nation.
How is Mitral Valve Replacement Surgery Performed?
During mitral valve replacement surgery, the damaged valve is removed and
replaced with an artificial valve called a prosthetic valve. With advances
in modern surgical techniques, cardiac surgeons now have multiple methods
to replace the mitral valve using innovative new prosthetic options. And
although mitral valve replacement is generally performed using an open-heart
surgical approach, there are minimally-invasive options available as well,
which is why it’s important to seek care from a high-volume center
experienced in all aspects of heart valve surgery.
Valve Repair vs. Replacement
The best option for treating valvular heart disease is to repair the damaged
valve rather than replace it. That’s why
mitral valve repair surgery is the procedure of choice among Hoag’s expert heart valve surgeons
who repair more heart valves than 90 percent of all cardiac programs in
the nation. In fact, 95 percent of patients at Hoag who are eligible for
valve repair receive it as opposed to heart valve replacement.
However, there are times when performing a successful repair to a patient’s
valve is not possible. In this case, valve replacement surgery provides
a good option for treating a severely diseased valve.
Why Choose the Nancy And Bill Thompson Heart Valve Center for Heart Valve Surgery
The decision to perform a specific type of surgery is highly complex, and
involves a complete evaluation of the patient by an experienced surgeon
in order to determine which method will have the best outcome for each
At Nancy and Bill Thompson Heart Valve Center, our
expert heart valve surgery team provides personalized treatment plans tailored to the unique needs of
each patient. Having a specialized team that’s highly trained in
all aspects of innovative valve surgery, combined with an emphasis on
patient-centered care, is a unique distinction that sets Hoag apart from
many other centers and provides patients with the highest quality care,
as well as exceptional clinical outcomes.
Hoag’s world-renowned valvular heart disease program continues to
lead the way in advanced cardiac care. To schedule an appointment, or
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