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Mitral valve replacement is a surgical treatment for a damaged mitral valve, which functions to allow blood to flow between the left atrium and the left ventricle of the heart. During this valve procedure, a surgeon replaces the old valve with a new one to help your heart work better. Mitral valve replacement prevents complications and relieves symptoms of mitral valve disease.
If you’d like to learn more about Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento’s expertise in mitral valve replacement in Sacramento region, the first step is to Find a Dignity Health Doctor.
Your doctor may refer you to a cardiovascular surgeon for mitral valve replacement to determine if the procedure would be right for you. It depends on several factors, including existing medical conditions and birth defects.
Two conditions that cause mitral valve disease are:
If a mitral valve is damaged beyond repair, mitral valve replacement surgery may be the best option for treatment.
Our doctors recommend traditional (open heart) or minimally invasive surgery on a case-by-case basis. A mitral valve replacement will be performed at Dignity Health’s Mercy General Hospital by a highly trained, experienced surgeon. You’ll need to stay in the hospital for several days after surgery.
During a minimally invasive procedure, your surgeon makes several small incisions in your chest to access the mitral valve. Using very small instruments, your surgeon removes the damaged mitral valve and replaces it with a new one.
If you have open heart surgery, your surgeon makes a long incision in your chest by your breastbone to access the heart and replace the valve.
After surgery, you’ll spend time in a cardiovascular unit and may move to a regular hospital room once you are stable. Your hospital stay and recovery time will be shorter with minimally invasive surgery.
When you’re ready to go home, your care team will provide special instructions on how to care for your incision, prescription medication for pain, and information on what activities are safe to perform while you recover.
Most people feel much better after mitral valve replacement as it relieves chest pain, shortness of breath, and fatigue associated with a faulty mitral valve. You’ll likely have increased energy because more oxygen-rich blood will be moving throughout your bloodstream.
Look to Dignity Health as a partner in your heart health and overall-wellbeing. Reach out to us to learn more about our advanced heart valve surgeries and tools for heart health.