Mitral Valve Repair & Replacement in Orange County, CA

Dr. Bethencourt performs 98% of mitral valve repairs (MVr) using the da Vinci ® Robotic Surgery System, regardless of the complexity of the valve repair needed.

The mitral valve is located in-between two chambers of the heart; the left atrium and the left ventricle. Blood from the lungs flows into these chambers and the mitral valve helps make sure blood keeps moving through the heart after passing through these pumping chambers. Sometimes surgery is needed on the mitral valve if:

  • The Mitral Valve gets hardened/stiff which prevents blood from moving forward (mitral valve stenosis)
  • The Mitral Valve is too loose or is leaking, which may cause blood to flow backwards (mitral valve prolapse or degenerative mitral valve disease that can cause mitral valve regurgitation)

These conditions are known as myxomatous valve diseases and usually need to be treated surgically with either mitral valve repair or replacement.

Mitral Valve Repair Surgery in Los Angeles

Mitral valve repair is more common for patients experiencing more minor cases of mitral valve regurgitation or stenosis. Most patients that experience some sort of mitral valve disease get treated with minimally invasive mitral valve repair. Over 80% of patients who suffer from mitral valve disease that requires surgery will select this particular method.

With robotic-assistance, the incision size is only about 1 -nch versus open surgery that can result in a 13-inch incision. Additionally, a patient’s hospital stay after this minimally invasive surgery is only about 3 days with a 2 week full recovery time frame. Open surgery may take up to three times as long, making it much tougher on the patient both physically and mentally. Robotic mitral valve repair surgery is the ideal choice for many patients, and Dr. Bethencourt is a leader in the field of robotic cardiac surgery.

Mitral Valve Replacement

Mitral valve replacement is for more serious cases of mitral valve disease where the whole valve needs to be removed and then replaced by a mechanical or prosthetic valve. This procedure only accounts for approximately 20% of all mitral valve surgeries. If the patient’s valve does require a full replacement, an open surgery method is more commonly used as compared to a mitral valve repair.

The surgery can last from a couple of hours up to four or five hours, and results will vary more widely depending on the particular patient and their unique case.


Schedule a Consultation with The Bethencourt Group

If you would like to learn more about mitral valve repair and replacement surgery and the methods utilized by our cardiothoracic specialists, schedule a consultation with Dr. Bethencourt by calling (657) 241-9440.

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