Mitral valve surgery - open

Mitral valve replacement - open; Mitral valve repair - open; Mitral valvuloplasty

Mitral valve surgery is used to repair or replace the mitral valve in your heart.

Blood flows between the different chambers in the heart through valves that connect the chambers. One of these is the mitral valve. The mitral valve opens so blood can flow from the left atrium to the left ventricle. The valve then closes, keeping blood from flowing backwards.

In this type of surgery, the surgeon makes a large cut in your breastbone to reach the heart. Other types of surgery use several smaller cuts.

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