Robot-Assisted Mitral Valve Repair
Robotic-assisted heart surgery provides a new option for individuals with mitral valve regurgitation. This condition--which affects about 5% of the U.S. population--can occur at any age in both men and women. With robotic-assisted mitral valve repair, surgeons use a tiny incision along with 3D, high-definition visualization and instruments to repair your heart. This offers the least invasive approach for fixing the mitral valve, and translates into a faster recovery and a scar that is barely visible.
Mitral valve prolapse can occur at any age in both men and women. Many people have no symptoms at all. For those who do, symptoms include fatigue, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, difficulty breathing after activity, or shortness of breath.
While robotic-assisted mitral valve repair is considered safe and effective, it may not be appropriate for every individual. Our surgeons work with physicians in local communities to help evaluate individuals with mitral valve regurgitation and determine the best procedure for their case.
Who are Candidates for Robotic-Assisted Mitral Valve Repair?
While many people with mitral valve regurgitation have no symptoms, others may experience rapid heartbeat, chest pain, and shortness of breath. Our team works closely with doctors in local communities to determine the best procedure for you.
Individuals who undergo robotic-assisted mitral valve repair need to be healthy enough to go on a heart-lung bypass machine for a period of time during the 4- to 5-hour surgical procedure. Following the surgery, patients undergo a follow-up visit, and then return to the care of their local cardiologist.