There are several ways to treat a problem heart valve. One of them is through valve repair surgery.
While heart valve repair is generally the preferred method for treating a diseased heart valve, some patients are not candidates for valve repair surgery. This is because their valves are too badly damaged. Every patient's condition is unique, and each doctor has a unique approach to treatment. Your doctor will determine if valve repair surgery is the best treatment for your particular condition.
Your doctor will get information about your heart valve condition by performing tests that may include any or all of these:
The procedure used to repair your heart valve depends on which valve is damaged. A large percentage of patients with mitral valve damage have successful repair procedures.
Besides heart valve repair, other treatment options include medication and heart valve replacement.
Make sure you get answers to all your questions and that you understand completely why a particular method of treatment was chosen for you.