Cardiac surgeons at NYU Langone’s Mitral Valve Repair Program are leaders in treating mitral valve disease, a condition that can lead to shortness of breath, fatigue, and, if left untreated, heart failure.
Mitral valve repair removes, reshapes, and reinforces existing parts of the valve so that they close properly. It is safer, has fewer complications, and lasts longer than mitral valve replacement with an artificial or donor valve that can wear out over time.
Our doctors have performed more than 4,000 mitral valve repair procedures since our program began more than 30 years ago, making our surgeons among the most experienced and skilled in the nation at mitral valve repair. More than 1,000 of those procedures have been performed with a minimally invasive direct vision approach and nearly 1,000 using totally endoscopic, robotically assisted surgical techniques. Both of these approaches allow for smaller incisions and quicker recovery time.
People from around the country travel to NYU Langone for minimally invasive, robotic, and complex mitral valve repair for conditions that are often deemed inoperable by other centers. Our long-term clinical follow-up studies of our patients have shown that our mitral valve repair techniques provide durability and effectiveness that help our patients achieve long-term symptom relief.
As part of NYU Langone’s Heart Valve Center, we also partner with interventional cardiologists at the Transcatheter Heart Valve Program, who provide mitral valve repair using MitraClip®. Your doctor helps you decide which mitral valve repair technique is the best treatment for your condition.
All of our procedures are performed at Kimmel Pavilion, which features the latest surgical technology and single-bedded rooms.
Robotically assisted mitral valve repair requires only five pencil-sized incisions placed between the ribs through the right chest wall. Using robotic instruments and a small camera, your surgeon directs the movements of a surgical robot inside the heart in a range of motion the human hand isn’t capable of performing.
Robotically assisted mitral valve repair typically involves less blood loss, less postoperative pain, and less chance of infection, and it requires a shorter recovery time than traditional open heart surgery, also known as sternotomy. Most people require only a two- to three-day stay in the hospital, followed by a few weeks of recovery at home.
Our surgeons have a nearly 100 percent success rate in the use of minimally invasive surgery to repair the mitral valve. Minimally invasive mitral valve procedures require a small incision on the side of the chest, which allows the surgeon to access the heart and repair the valve. Minimally invasive surgery is often used for people who need additional procedures as part of their treatment, such as coronary artery bypass.
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