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Mitral Valve Repair

Cardiothoracic surgeons at the Summa Cardiovascular Institute, in conjunction with Summas Minimally Invasive Surgery Institute, can now use the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System to repair leaky mitral valves, while keeping the patients chest primarily intact.

NOTE: Not all patients are candidates for minimally invasive surgery. Patients experiencing symptoms of mitral valve regurgitation should consult their physician to determine the appropriate next steps and proper course of treatment.

For more information please call Summa Connections (800) 23-SUMMA or (800) 237-8662.

We have the ability to provide care to our patients who require chest surgery, such as lung procedures. We provide dedicated registered nurses and surgical technicians knowledgeable about cardiothoracic procedures on each case. We have specialized equipment and products to assist surgeons in obtaining the best outcome for each patient.

Facts About Mitral Valve Repair

Q: What is the mitral valve?
A: The mitral valve is one of four valves in the heart. It connects the hearts upper left chamber (atrium) to the lower chamber (ventricle).


Q: What is mitral valve regurgitation?
A: Mitral valve regurgitation (leaky mitral valve) occurs when the mitral valve doesnt close tightly and allows blood to flow back toward the lungs. Left untreated, the mitral valve will become more damaged and can lead to other heart complications such as congestive heart failure.

Q: What is the cause of mitral valve regurgitation?
A: Mitral valve regurgitation usually occurs due to damage of the mitral valve structure from age or coronary artery disease. Some mitral valves are abnormal from birth.


Q: What are the symptoms of mitral valve regurgitation?
A: Symptoms of mitral valve regurgitation include shortness of breath, fatigue, loss of energy, swelling of the ankles and heart murmurs.

Q: What are the treatment options for mitral valve regurgitation?
A: In many cases, patients with mitral valve regurgitation can be treated with medication. There are some cases however when surgery is necessary.


Q: What are the benefits of minimally invasive, robotic-assisted surgery?
A: In open surgery, the cardiothoracic surgeon saws open the sternum (breastbone) and opens the rib cage to gain access to the heart. Use of the da Vincireg; Robotic Surgical System minimizes the invasiveness of the procedure, reducing recovery time and minimizing risk of complications.
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