Mitral Valve Repair

Mitral valve repair is a treatment for mitral regurgitation, the most common type of heart valve disorder. According to the National Institutes of Health, it affects approximately 6 percent of women and 3 percent of men. After 55 years of age, almost 20 percent of men and women have some level of mitral regurgitation.


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Traditionally, surgeons have treated mitral valve disorders by replacing the diseased valve with an artificial valve. Artificial valves can be mechanical or can come from an animal donor. However, there are many advantages to repairing, rather than replacing, a diseased mitral valve.


Surgeons at the University of Wisconsin are on the forefront of mitral valve repair surgery. Our doctors repair 87.5 percent of all mitral valves in patients referred for mitral valve surgery. This is substantially higher than the national average of 50 percent.


Our program's success is demonstrated through our experience and our outstanding results. This level of dedication affords us the opportunity to offer patients with mitral valve disorders the best surgical care, a substantially improved quality of life, and enables us to avoid the use of blood thinners like coumadin.


Our providers work together at all stages of your care - before surgery, while you are at the hospital, and after surgery. Our helpful staff will provide you and your family with answers to any questions you may have. 


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UW Program Results

Our surgeons' experience drives the success of UW Health's mitral valve repair program. We have a successful valve repair rate of 87.5 percent in patients referred for mitral valve surgery. In general only 50 percent of valves are repaired nationwide. (Data Source: Society for Thoracic Surgeons Fall 2004 Report Executive Summary)

We have also had outstanding results: a 0 percent mortality rate over the past three years. This compares to the national average of 1-2 percent. (Data Source: Society for Thoracic Surgeons Fall 2004 Report Executive Summary)

In addition, our average length of stay in the hospital is below national and regional averages. The long-term success of mitral valve repair is based on the surgeon's skills and the center's experience with the procedure. As a patient, you will benefit from our technical expertise and volume, which outrank many other hospitals in the nation.