Heart valves are unique structures with excellent functions that are located between the cavities of the heart and regulate the flow of blood by opening and closing regularly during the pumping function of the heart. As a result of various disorders, narrowing of the valves, inability to open and close due to expansion or deterioration of the structure may occur. Considering surgical intervention for the treatment of the disease, scientists have developed very effective methods over the years. In the 1960s, artificial valves, which they thought could replace the valves, were developed. The industry, which uses the benefactions of technology in the process up to now, has come up with valves that can actually mimic the functions of the human heart valve and are still in use. However, no valve produced till this day can obtain the perfection of natural valves. The ideal valve still has not been produced.
In our clinic, all mitral valve surgeries are performed through a 4 cm small incision under the right or left armpit. The mitral valve is often repaired through a small incision made under the armpit. There are many advantages of performing the surgery both with a small incision under the armpit and repairing the valve. The recovery and return period to normal life is shorter in armpit surgeries. In addition to being an aesthetic procedure, the amount of blood used is also less. The biggest advantage of repair is that blood thinners are not required. In addition, the surgeries of patients with mitral valve collapse can be performed with a mini incision under the right armpit without stopping the heart. In our clinic, all surgical options (valve repair methods with a small incision in the armpit and without stopping the heart) that are offered to patients in Europe and the USA for mitral valve surgery are offered to our patients.
Which Patients Can Receive Mitral Valve Repair Treatment?
The timing of surgery in valvular diseases is perhaps the most important part of the job. The decision really must be made with the consensus and follow-up of the patient, cardiologist and cardiac surgeon. As a matter of fact, there are guides declared by scientists at international level for these decision criteria. In these guidelines, the timing of surgery and the moment of decision are explained for all valves. However, it must be remembered that these criteria can change any time. The most accurate decision will be given by the clinical experience of the physicians who follow the patient together with all the gathered information.