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Mar 2, 2020

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Mitral Valve Repair

By Jennifer O'Hara, @jenohara

Robotic mitral valve repair

Mitral valve repair and mitral valve replacement are procedures that may be performed to treat diseases of the mitral valve — the valve located between the left heart chambers (left atrium and left ventricle).

Several types of mitral valve disease exist. In mitral valve regurgitation, the flaps (leaflets) of the mitral valve don't close tightly, causing blood to leak backward into the left atrium. This commonly occurs due to valve leaflets bulging back — a condition called mitral valve prolapse. In another condition, called mitral valve stenosis, the leaflets become thick or stiff, and they may fuse together. This results in a narrowed valve opening and reduced blood flow through the valve.

Treatment for mitral valve disease depends on the severity of your condition. Doctors may recommend surgery to repair or replace mitral valves for some people with mitral valve disease. Several surgical procedures exist to repair or replace mitral valves, including open-heart surgery or minimally invasive heart surgery.

On this Mayo Clinic Radio segment, Dr. Richard Daly, a Mayo Clinic cardiovascular surgeon, explains robotic mitral valve repair surgery.

 

 

I had my Mitral valve repair surgery in 2014 and doing great. My question is, do I need to always take antibiotics before dental work?

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