What is the mitral valve?
The mitral valve is located between the left atrium and the left ventricle and is composed of two leaflets or flaps. A heart valve ensures forward flow of blood through the heart.
What are types of mitral valve dysfunction?
There are 2 general types of mtrial valve dysfunction: regurgitant (leaky) or stenotic (narrowed).
What are the symptoms of mitral valve disease?
Each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may vary depending on the degree of disease present and may include:
What is the treatment for mitral valve disease?
With mild disease, treatment with medication is typically recommended. However for patients with symptoms related to mitral valve disease, surgery is typically recommeded. There are 2 approaches to fixing the mitral valve:
What are the advantages of mitral valve repair?
Mitral valve repair has a number of advantages, including:
Is minimally invasive mitral valve repair an option?
For the vast majority of patients with isolated mitral valve disease, mitral valve surgery can be performed through a minimally invasive incision (2-3 inches) on the right side of the chest.
What are the advantages of minimally invasive surgery?
The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:
What is the risk of mitral valve surgery?
For asympotmatic patients undgoing mitral valve surgery, the risk of peri-operative death is significantly less than 1 in 100. Furthermore, after a successful valve repair the need for reoperation is less than 5 in 100 at 20 years
How much experience do Barnabas heart surgeons have with complex valve repair and/or minimally invasive valve surgery?
Barnabas is nationally known for its treatment of complex and high-risk cardiac patients. In fact, Barnabas surgeons, led by Dr. Craig Saunders, are pioneers in the development of minimally invasive techniques for mitral valve repair.
The Barnabas Valve Center provides an integrated and structured setting for our clinicians to collaborate and advance the care offered to patients with complex valve disease. This team includes a multidisciplinary group of world-class clinicians dedicated to the management of complex valvular. As a result, Barnabas surgeons perform more valve surgeries than any other in New Jersey.