Tricuspid Valve Surgery in Los Angeles, CA
The tricuspid valve is located between the atrium and ventricle in the heart. The valve has three flaps that help ensure that blood flows the correct way through the heart from the right atrium to the ventricle. Surgery may be required for an individual who’s tricuspid valve has stopped performing properly.
Conditions Affecting the Tricuspid Valve
The tricuspid valve may be damaged as a result of infection, rheumatic heart disease, or various different birth defects. The flaps that control the movement of a person’s blood may become brittle due to a number of factors. The most common forms of disease that are known to affect the tricuspid valve include:
- Stenosis – The valve leaflets become stiff and no longer open fully. This narrows the valve and results in restricted blood flow.
- Tricuspid Regurgitation – When the valve does not close completely, blood may leak backward across the valve rather than flowing through to the ventricle.
Tricuspid Valve Disease Treatment Options
After confirming that there is an issue with the tricuspid valve, our cardiothoracic surgeon may recommend non-surgical methods such as medication to treat the issue. If these solutions fail to address the issues caused by tricuspid valve disease, surgery may be recommended.
Tricuspid Valve Repair Surgery
During the procedure, Dr. Bethencourt will stop the heart and use a machine to circulate blood throughout the body. He will then reshape the valve flaps to be more efficient. Valve repair is often the preferred treatment method selected for a majority of patients because it typically produces better results overall, has a lower risk of complications, and eliminates the need for the patient to take blood thinners for the rest of their life.
Tricuspid Valve Replacement Surgery
Valve replacements are performed less often than valve repairs, but certain patients may require this treatment depending on the amount of damage incurred by their tricuspid valve. Much like the valve repair procedure, Dr. Bethencourt will stop the heart and circulate blood throughout the body by using a machine. During the surgery, the original tricuspid valve will be removed and then immediately replaced with an artificial valve.