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A 40-year-old member asked:

How do docs do mitral valve replacement surgery?

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Straight forward: If on echo and cardiac cath. Valve path.Requires replacement. Cardiopulmonary bypass is instituted, the heart is stopped, the left atrium opened, the valve is excised, new valve is sown in place with multiple sutures. Efforts to preserve the chordae tendineae is desired if possible as this is good for the long term.Left atrium deaired, closed, heart restarted, chest closed.Temp.Pacingleadsusually.
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A 43-year-old male asked:

Mitral valve replacement how safe it is?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
See below: That is a relative question. First, a mitral valve replacement will usually require open heart surgery - that is a major surgery with many risks. However, what is reason for your mitral surgery? It depends what those risks if left untreated. In experienced and competent hands, the surgery can be pretty safe but it does have significant perioperative risks and long-term effects.
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Last updated Dec 22, 2013
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