Dr. Marc Gillinov discusses Mitral Valve Repair for a leaking valve.

Mitral Valve Repair at Cleveland Clinic

At Cleveland Clinic we have the world's greatest experience with mitral valve repair, the best option for most patients with a leaking mitral valve (mitral regurgitation).

Our surgeons have special expertise in mitral valve repair. As a consequence, at Cleveland Clinic, nearly all leaking mitral valves are repaired rather than replaced. A repair rate of nearly 100% for patients with leaking mitral valves provides patients with ideal outcomes. And for those with isolated mitral valve problems, the majority of operations are performed robotically or minimally invasively, ensuring rapid recovery.

In 2015, patients traveled to Cleveland Clinic from all 50 states and 103 countries for their cardiovascular care.

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 and for many with a narrowed (stenotic) 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, Cleveland Clinic surgeons are committed to mitral valve repair, when possible.

Advantages of Mitral Valve Repair:

  • Better early and late survival (Longer life!)
  • Improved lifestyle
  • Better preservation of heart function
  • Lower risk of stroke and infection (endocarditis)
  • No need for blood thinners (anticoagulation)

Your Heart Valves

Inside Heart Mitral Valve

Your Mitral Valve

Your Mitral Valve

Mitral Valve Chordae and Papillary Muscles

Mitral Valve Chordae and Papillary Muscles