Mitral valve regurgitation is present when the valve does not close completely, causing blood to leak back into the left atrium.The most common diseases that cause degenerative mitral valve disease are Barlow’s disease and fibroelastic deficiency.
The most common leaflet dysfunction in degenerative valve disease is excess motion of the margin of the leaflet in relation to the annular plane. The lesions in degenerative valve disease that result in this dysfunction are usually chordae elongation or rupture. Annular dilatation is almost always an associated finding.
Advantages of Mitral Valve Repair: Why Repair Is Better Than Replacement
Mitral valve repair is the best option for nearly all patients with a leaking (regurgitant) mitral valve. Compared to valve replacement, mitral valve repair provides better long-term survival, better preservation of heart function, lower risk of complications, and usually eliminates the need for long-term use of blood thinners (anticoagulants). For these reasons, we are committed to mitral valve repair, whenever possible.
Problems with the posterior leaflet are generally corrected by a small resection of the abnormal portion of the valve. Anterior leaflet dysfunction is managed by creation of new chords or chordal transfer. Anterior leaflet repair techniques are technically challenging, requiring a skilled and experienced surgical team to achieve the best result. All repairs include an annuloplasty, which is a complete or partial ring placed around the circumference (rim) of the valve.
In patients with mitral valve prolapse, our success rate in avoiding mitral valve replacement approaches 100%. The operations are performed with full sternotomy or minimally invasively, ensuring rapid recovery.
Even though Mitral Valve Replacement cost can possibly be incredibly appealing in third world countries just like Thailand (22.000 USD including surgery, hospital Stay, hotel & airfare), in European countries the costs can be 60% more inexpensive than of USA’s cost.
Contact us and we can calculate your costs that will include the same services offered in Asia but in a Western European country where quality standards are at least at the same grade as the USA’s.