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Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Surgery

Program Overview

At the Heart Institute of Florida, we are dedicated to providing patients access to some of the latest cardiac treatments in our Valve Clinic. Our board certified cardiovascular surgeons are specially trained and perform innovative valve procedures designed to repair the heart valve. This may also include reconstruction, annuloplasty, autografts, homografts and valve replacement.

Diagnosis to Treatment

A single day visit to the Valve Clinic includes evaluation by the Cardiologist, review of prior diagnostic studies and additional diagnostic testing if deemed necessary that could include an echocardiogram and a CT scan. A patient navigator will work with the patient and make all necessary appointments for the visit to help ensure the patient receives personalized care. Treatment plans will be shared with the patient’s personal physician.

Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery

Using advanced technology available at our Valve Clinic, many procedures are performed through minimally invasive techniques. This treatment option is less invasive than valve repair/replacement surgery.

This minimally invasive technique is called a balloon valvuloplasty, which a special catheter (hollow tube) is threaded into a blood vessel in the groin and guided into the heart. The catheter, which contains a deflated balloon, is inserted into the narrowed heart valve and the inflated balloon is stretching the valve open. The balloon is then removed. This procedure is often used to treat pulmonary stenosis and, in some cases, aortic stenosis.

Minimally invasive surgeries are designed to result in less pain, less blood loss and a shorter recovery period; allowing patients to return to normal activities sooner. Advances in valve repair are especially beneficial for older patients who may not be able to tolerate the risks associated with traditional open-heart surgery.

Who are Candidates for Valve Repair?

Patients suffering from heart valve disease in need of heart valve repair generally suffer from one of the following conditions:

  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation - a condition in which the mitral valve will not close tightly and allows blood to flow backwards into the heart.
  • Valvular Stenosis - a condition in which the valve is narrowed because of stiffening that occurs to leaflets in the valve.
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse - a condition in which the tissues of the valve stretch out and become leaky.

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