Heart Valve Surgery

Our expert surgical team uses the latest techniques to repair critical valves and save lives.

By opening and closing effectively, your heart valves keep fresh blood flowing through your body. But if a valve fails to function properly, the heart’s normal pumping action can be affected. Surgery can repair many types of heart problems, such as valves that have become narrower with age, or fail to close completely, resulting in back flow into the heart that causes shortness of breath and makes it harder to perform daily activities.

Our heart surgery team uses the latest techniques and technology to repair or replace damaged heart valves, including minimally invasive heart surgery. They work closely with our experienced cardiologists to determine the best approach to treating dangerous heart valve conditions.

Our multidisciplinary surgical team can also help you address underlying chronic conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, which can lead to hardening of the heart valves and affect your overall quality of life.

Heart valve replacement

Inserting a new valve in your heart

Valvotomy

Enlarging a narrowed heart valve

Annuloplasty

Repairing a leaky valve

Commissurotomy

Loosening a tight valve

Frequently Asked Questions

What are valves in my heart?

You have four valves – the mitral valve, tricuspid valve, pulmonary valve, and aortic valve. Those valves have flaps, called cusps or leaflets, that open and close once during each heartbeat.

Will I need surgery to repair a damaged valve?

That depends on the nature of the valve problem. Some conditions can be managed with medications, while others need surgical or interventional treatments.

Will heart valve surgery leave a big scar on my chest?

We will always evaluate for a minimally-invasive option to replace or repair a valve, which will result in a smaller incision and less scarring, less discomfort, and quicker recovery time.

Will I need a blood transfusion?

We are experts in patient blood management, improving outcomes and offering peace of mind for those who seek the very best care without blood transfusions, when that is an option. Our surgeons can also discuss this with you in detail prior to your procedure.

Are these procedures painful?

No. Most patients are under care of anesthesia so pain and discomfort can be controlled. There may be some mild discomfort after the procedure.

How long will I stay in the hospital after surgery?

Depending on your procedure, our patients are able to go home typically within four to seven days.

Will I need another valve surgery?

It’s possible. Be sure to follow your physician’s recommendations for managing heart valve disease and get regular checkups from your cardiologist.

Our Team of Miami Heart Leaders