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Should your Mitral Valve be Repaired?
Repair Don't Replace
Repair don't replace is the most crucial decision patients and their physicians can make when facing mitral valve surgery. Mitral valve repair involves surgical reconstruction which spares the natural mitral valve and leads to vastly improved quality outcomes compared to mitral valve replacement.
Mitral valve dysfunctions such as stenosis and regurgitation require repair or replacement of the diseased valve. Having surgery before symptoms occur may help you avoid further heart damage.
Brimming with the latest technology, what stands out most is the artistry of the master surgeons who are able to perform the complex and intricate technique of mitral valve repair along with the minimally invasive approach. Referred to as the "plastic surgery of heart surgery", small incisions and a few strands of thread weave together like a tapestry to allow the patient to retain their natural mitral valve, without the need for a mitral valve replacement.
It is now well accepted that mitral valve repair is preferable to replacement, and that surgery should be performed as early as possible, when the risks of treatment are lowest.