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An expert diagnosis at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital may indicate mitral valve repair surgery as the best treatment approach for you. The procedure is usually required in severe mitral regurgitation or even some other cases, to help improve symptoms and quality of life. The doctors at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will assess the degree of the disease for recommending the best treatment for you.
In case surgery is required, specialized surgeons at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will perform mitral valve repair using advanced techniques that can reduce blood loss, recovery time, and risk of complications.
Mitral valve repair is the main surgical treatment for mitral regurgitation.
The valve is repaired by partly attaching the two flaps that comprise the valve. Mitral valve repair surgery keeps the flaps together as the heart contracts, making it more difficult for blood to flow backward.
The mitral valve is an important part of the heart, helping direct blood flow through the organ.
The mitral valve sits between the left atrium and left ventricle of the heart. These chambers take in oxygen-rich blood that’s arrived from the lungs and sends it out to the rest of the body for use. The valve makes sure no blood seeps back into the atrium once it has passed into the ventricle. This keeps blood flowing smoothly and in the right direction.
Sometimes, the mitral valve can malfunction. If this occurs, the heart may have difficulty pumping the necessary blood through the body, and if this problem is severe, heart failure can occur. There are two common kinds of mitral valve failure:
In either case, not enough blood remains in the ventricle for the heart to work effectively.
As for any other operation, risks are not totally absent. Patient’s risk depends on age, overall health and degree of heart disease.
However, this surgery carries a low risk of serious complications and has a high rate of success.
Post-operation risks might be as following:
Mitral valve repair is an open heart surgery. The procedure requires the following:
Most patients may return home after the operation in about a week and full recovery may take about 2-3 months (depending on the overall health).
Both mitral regurgitation and mitral stenosis may be mild or severe. Mild cases may not cause symptoms, and your doctor may recommend monitoring to make sure it does not get worse; severe cases will require surgery.
Symptoms which accompany mitral regurgitation are:
Surgery is required in severe cases.
Benefits of the procedure are: