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Heart Valve Repair Surgery

Heart valve repair surgery

Valve repair allows the surgeon to fix your faulty heart valve, often without the use of artificial parts. The advantages of heart valve repair are:

• lower risk of infection

• decreased need for life-long blood thinner medication

• preserved heart muscle strength

The mitral valve is the most commonly repaired valve, but the aortic and tricuspid valves may also undergo some of these repair techniques.

 

 

• Commissurotomy Fused valve leaflets are separated to widen the valve opening. See illustrations to the right.

• Decalcification Calcium deposits are cleaned off the valve leaflets, allowing them to be more flexible and close properly.

• Triangular resection If a portion of the mitral valve leaflet is flail (floppy), and bows back into the left atrium, a segment may be cut out and the leaflet sewn back together, allowing the valve to close more tightly.

• Triangular Resection Mitral Valve Repair If a portion of the mitral valve leaflet is flail (floppy), and bows back into the left atrium, a segment may be cut out and the leaflet sewn back together, allowing the valve to close more tightly.

• Triangular Resection Mitral Valve Repair