Memorial Hospital
March 07, 2018

Memorial Hospital is now offering patients a new minimally invasive treatment option for failed surgical mitral valve prosthesis without repeat open heart surgery.

"We are proud to add this advanced treatment option to the array of services we provide within our structural heart program," said President & CEO Bradley S. Talbert. "By offering this treatment option, we can provide a safe and effective way to replace mitral valves and help patients improve their quality of life."

Mitral valve disease affects millions of people in the United States. The valve can become blocked or leaky. When the function of the valve becomes severely impaired, patients typically undergo an open heart surgery to insert a new mitral valve. However; surgical mitral valves have a lifespan and eventually need to be replaced. Up until a few months ago, the only option was repeat open heart surgery. Now, the replacement of the valve can be done through the vein in the leg.

The mitral valve-in-valve procedure is designed for patients who previously received artificial mitral valve that has become narrowed, leaky or both. When this happens, blood does not flow efficiently and patients may start to become short of breath and have difficulty keeping up with their daily activities. If left untreated, this can lead to congestive heart failure. Mitral Valve-in-Valve procedure is designed to treat this condition and help people return to their normal daily lives.

"We are able to offer this to patients who are at high risk for open heart surgery," said Dr. Anton Lishmanov, MD, PhD, an endovascular and structural heart disease cardiologist who practices at Memorial Hospital. "This is a win-win. Not only are we able to replace the mitral valve with less risk, but we're also able to provide the patient with a procedure that offers less discomfort and a quicker recovery."

The valve-in-valve mitral procedure typically takes less than an hour and patients can return home the next day.