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Mitral Valve Repair

If you are considering mitral valve repair in China and would like to get know more information about mitral valve repair, please complete the inquiry form or email us at info@shmtppp.com

Mitral Valve Repair

What is Mitral Valve Repair?

Mitral valve repair is an open heart procedure performed by cardiothoracic surgeons to treat stenosis (narrowing) or regurgitation (leakage) of the mitral valve. The mitral valve is the "inflow valve" for the left side of the heart. Blood flows from the lungs, where it picks up oxygen, and into the heart through the mitral valve. When it opens, the mitral valve allows blood to flow into the heart's main pumping chamber called the left ventricle. It then closes to keep blood from leaking back into the lungs when the ventricle contracts (squeezes) to push blood out to the body. It has two flaps, or leaflets.

Minimally invasive mitral valve repair and its benefits

Minimally invasive mitral valve repair is performed through a two-inch keyhole incision on the side of the chest. The port access technique is a step ahead in that the incision is even smaller and the whole operation is video-directed, whereas in non-port access minimally invasive mitral valve surgery, the operation is done by direct vision. The minimally invasive approaches avoid an incision in the breastbone (sternotomy) and have several benefits like:

  • Less pain
  • Shorter stay in hospital. Hence, patients return to work and everyday activity sooner after surgery.
  • Less bleeding
  • Fewer chances of infection as the incision is smaller
  • Cosmetic benefits

What could go wrong with the Mitral Valve?

  • Mitral valve stenosis: The mitral valve thickens and narrows. Hence, the valve cannot open completely, causing an obstruction in the flow of blood.
  • Mitral regurgitation: The valve does not shut tight and hence blood flows back into the left atrium when the left ventricle contracts to push the blood out.
  • Mitral valve prolapse: The two halves or leaflets of the mitral valve are bulging and they do not close properly. They flop backwards and cause a clicking or murmuring sound (heart murmur). This also causes the mitral valve to leak and blood flows back into the left atrium. Mitral valve prolapse can be a congenital defect or develop later on. In either case, the cause is not known.

All three conditions will affect the functioning of the heart and its capacity to pump blood through the body. This will force the heart to work harder. Symptoms of mitral valve malfunction range from fatigue and breathlessness to even vomiting blood. Mitral valve prolapse is a fairly common condition, and most people with this condition live with no discomfort or symptoms. But in some cases, stress on the flopping valve halves can cause other problems that need to be treated.

If you are considering mitral valve repair in China and would like to get know more information about mitral valve repair, please complete the inquiry form or email us at info@shmtppp.com