Heart valves such as the mitral, aortic and triscuspid valves may require surgical treatment when they are not properly pumping blood through the heart. Most operations are performed on the mitral or aortic valves, both located in the left side of the heart. Surgery for the triscuspid valve, located on the right side of the heart, is much less common and often occurs when the mitral or aortic valve also needs surgery.
About 70 percent of the mitral valve surgeries performed at Providence involve repair, rather than replacement. Our surgeons utilize the latest minimally invasive techniques, which means faster recovery for patients. When repair isn’t an option, surgeons use mechanical or tissue valves, depending on the patient’s age and other health or lifestyle conditions.
If you have severe aortic stenosis and you are intermediate, high or inoperable risk for open-heart surgery, you might be considered for a minimally invasive option known as TAVR. Learn more about TAVR.
If you have a disease affecting the tricuspid valve, tricuspid valve repair or replacement can reduce symptoms and risk of complications. Learn more about tricuspid valve repair and replacement.