Valve Repair and Replacement
Heart valves are flaps, or leaflets, of tissue that ensure that blood entering or leaving the heart moves in the proper direction, with no backflow. We are leaders in the development and evaluation of novel, less invasive techniques for repairing and replacing damaged mitral, aortic, and pulmonary valves.
We have achieved superior outcomes using these innovative approaches, which make valve replacement possible for many patients who cannot tolerate conventional heart surgery. We have exceptional experience caring for patients of all ages with complex health conditions.
Patients who come to us receive comprehensive care from a team with exceptional experience in the repair and replacement of heart valves. A patient can meet with cardiologists, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals in one day, in one convenient location, to obtain a diagnosis and recommendations for a treatment plan.
The optimal care of patients with valve disorders begins with an accurate diagnosis. Our employs the latest ultrasound and CT technologies to obtain three-dimensional images of malfunctioning heart valves and peripheral vasculatures. Once a diagnosis is made, we determine the best course of treatment for each patient.
The valve procedures we perform include:
- Percutaneous aortic valve replacement, during which a synthetic valve is inserted into the heart via a catheter threaded through a blood vessel in the groin. This approach results in a smaller incision, shorter hospital stay, less post-operative pain, and faster recovery time compared with conventional surgery.
- Conventional valve replacement surgery, replacing the valve with a synthetic valve/tissue valve.
- Valve repair, during which the valve is restored to normal function by removing damaged or malformed tissue and surgically reattaching the edges.