Treating Mitral Valve Prolapse
The Bethencourt Group treats about 98% of mitral valve prolapse cases with minimally invasive surgery with robotic assistance. This means that you only have a 1 inch incision with only 3 days in the hospital and a full return to activity in 2 weeks. This significantly faster than open or even mini-thoracotomy methods. Read more about how The Bethencourt Group performs mitral valve repair.
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da Vinci® Mitral Valve Repair Surgery
Mitral valve prolapse occurs when the valve between the left upper chamber and left lower chamber of your heart do not close evenly. This can cause blood to leak from the valve and flow backwards (known as mitral valve regurgitation). If medicine or lifestyle changes do not control your symptoms or condition, your doctor may suggest surgery.
The goal of mitral valve surgery is to repair or replace the damaged valve and allow blood to flow properly. If you are facing mitral valve surgery, ask your doctor about minimally invasive da Vinci Mitral Valve Repair Surgery.
Why da Vinci Surgery?
da Vinci technology enables your surgeon to operate through a few small incisions between your ribs, like minimally invasive thoracoscopy, instead of a large open incision. The da Vinci System is a robotic-assisted surgical device that your surgeon is 100% in control of at all times. The da Vinci System gives surgeons:
- A 3D HD view inside your body
- Wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand
- Enhanced vision, precision, and control
As a result of this technology, da Vinci Mitral Valve Repair Surgery offers the following potential benefits compared to open surgery:
- Shorter hospital stay1,2,3,4,5
Clinical data suggests da Vinci Mitral Valve Repair Surgery offers the following potential benefits:
- Low need for transfusions1
- Short time in intensive care2
- Low rate of pleural effusions after surgery (excess fluid around the lung)4
- Fast improvement of physical function following surgery6
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. da Vinci technology – changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.
Risks & Considerations Related to Mitral Valve Repair (surgery on an abnormal/leaking mitral valve): repair fails requiring another operation, stroke caused by a clot that gets stuck in smaller arteries of the brain, heart failure (heart cannot pump enough blood to the body), tear in the aortic wall causes it to separate, lengthy time on a breathing machine of 48 hours or more, lengthy time for a heart lung machine, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (outside body technique to provide cardiac and respiratory support), intraaortic balloon pump (mechanical device to increase oxygen to cardiac muscles) or other cardiac assist systems, fluid in the lungs, sudden lack of blood flow to a limb due to a block in the blood stream, valve infection, irregular heartbeat that requires a pacemaker, sac-like cover around the heart becomes swollen and causes a low fever and chest pain for up to 6 months, bleeding disorder in which the blood cannot properly clot, heart attack, memory loss and/or loss of mental clarity, infections which may affect the kidneys, chest, valves or bladder cut in the major artery(ies) that sends blood to the pelvis and legs, pooling of blood between the chest wall and lung, pressure on the heart when blood/fluids build up between the heart muscle and its outer sac, injury to circumflex coronary artery (blood vessel to heart), inadequate closure.
- Woo YJ, Nacke EA. Robotic minimally invasive mitral valve reconstruction yields less blood product transfusion and shorter length of stay. Surgery 2006;140 (2):263-67.
- Kam JK, Cooray SD, Kam JK, Smith JA, Almeida AA. A cost-analysis study of robotic versus conventional mitral valve repair. Heart Lung Circ. 2010 Jul;19(7):413-8. Epub 2010 Mar 30.
- Folliguet T, Vanhuyse F, Constantino X, Realli M, Laborde F. Mitral valve repair robotic versus sternotomy. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2006 Mar;29(3):362-6. Epub 2006 Jan 19.
- Mihaljevic T, Jarrett CM, Gillinov AM, Williams SJ, DeVilliers PA, Stewart WJ, Svensson LG, Sabik JF 3rd, Blackstone EH. Robotic repair of posterior mitral valve prolapse versus conventional approaches: potential realized. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011 Jan;141(1):72 80.e1-4. Epub 2010 Nov 19.
- Felger JE, Chitwood WR Jr, Nifong LW, Holbert D. Evolution of mitral valve surgery: toward a totally endoscopic approach. Ann Thorac Surg. 2001 Oct;72(4):1203-8; discussion 1208-9.
- Suri RM, Antiel RM, Burkhart HM, Huebner M, Li Z, Eton DT, Topilsky T, Sarano ME, Schaff HV. Quality of life after early mitral valve repair using conventional and robotic approaches. Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Mar;93(3):761-9.
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Important Safety Information
Patients should talk to their doctors to decide if da Vinci® surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on nonsurgical and surgical options and associated risks in order to make an informed decision.
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci surgery, up to and including death. Serious risks include, but are not limited to, injury to tissues and organs and conversion to other surgical techniques, which could result in a longer operative time and/or increased complications. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to www.intuitive.com/safety.
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