Surgical teams at NYU Langone have developed advanced heart valve repair techniques that have been taught to hundreds of other surgeons from around the world. Complex repairs often require a minimally invasive approach, and we have a success rate of about 95 percent.
Most minimally invasive mitral valve repair surgeries are performed using an annuloplasty, in which a synthetic band or ring is sewn around the mitral valve to restore it to its typical shape and size. Transcatheter mitral valve repair, robotic mitral valve repair, and sternotomy, also known as open heart surgery, are other treatment options. Your doctor advises you on which procedure is best for you.
Cardiothoracic surgeons are often able to repair the mitral valve using minimally invasive techniques that involve a small incision on the right side of the chest, either above or below the breast. The surgeon then inserts surgical instruments to access the heart and repair the valve.
Minimally invasive mitral valve repair requires general anesthesia and a heart–lung bypass machine, which performs the work of these organs during the procedure. You may spend four to seven days in the hospital and then recover for a few weeks at home.
This procedure typically results in less blood loss, less postoperative pain, less scarring, and a shorter recovery time than traditional open heart surgery, also known as a sternotomy.
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