Mitral Valve Replacement Surgery
What To Think About
Repair of the heart valve usually is the preferred surgery for a mitral valve problem. When the mitral valve is seriously damaged, heart valve replacement may be recommended. The decision whether to repair or replace a valve is based on many things, including your general health, the condition of the damaged valve, the presence of other health conditions, and the expected benefits of surgery.
For more information about the decision to repair or replace a valve, see:
- Reference Mitral Valve Regurgitation: Repair or Replace the Valve?
- Reference Mitral Valve Stenosis: Repair or Replace the Valve?
Before you have valve replacement surgery, you and your doctor will decide on which type of valve is right for you. For help with this decision, see:
- Opens New Window Heart Valve Problems: Should I Choose a Mechanical Valve or Tissue Valve to Replace My Heart Valve? Opens New Window
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: November 29, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology