Mitral valve repair by minimally invasive surgery is safe and effective. It is similar to standard incision heart valve surgery. Eminent cardiac surgeon pioneered minimally invasive heart valve surgery. He explains an effective method of minimally invasive mitral valve repair operation. Mitral valve repair minimally invasive surgery speeds up recovery time for patient. Dr. Lawrence H. Cohn, MD. There are no additional mitral valve repair complications in experienced surgical hands. Dr. Lawrence H. Cohn favors technique of foldoplasty. This mitral valve repair technique is published and well known to surgeons. Video interview with leading expert in cardiac surgery. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Second opinion confirms that mitral valve prolapse diagnosis is correct and complete. Second opinion helps to choose the best treatment for mitral valve regurgitation. Get second opinion on mitral valve disease and be confident that your treatment is the best. Dr. Lawrence H. Cohn, MD. Mitral valve repair minimally invasive surgery. 1234 Dr. Anton Titov, MD. I understand that you use a particular algorithm to select technique for mitral valve repair operation. This algorithm works in more than 90% of all mitral valve surgeries that you perform. Dr. Anton Titov, MD. What are the techniques for mitral valve repair? What methods do you use in your surgical practice? 1234 (Cardiac Surgeon, Harvard Medical School). Dr. Lawrence H. Cohn, MD. The most common problem in patients with mitral valve prolapse is located in a posterior leaflet of the mitral valve. The chords that attach mitral valve leaflet to papillary muscles, sometimes break. Often the middle part of posterior leaflet becomes loose and billowy. It is leaking. Mitral valve prolapse is a genetic disease. Patients have a genetic predisposition to weakness in mitral valve tissue. We have done a classic operation to repair mitral valve. We resected that little section of mitral valve. Then we stitched two edges of the mitral valve leaflet together. All patients had a ring to strengthen the mitral valve. Dr. Lawrence H. Cohn, MD. Recently we started to use technique called foldoplasty. We fold over the area in posterior leaflet of mitral valve. That area is causing leakage of blood back to heart’s ventricle. We place a ring inside heart valve to strengthen it. We suture the leaflet to underside of the annulus of mitral valve. This operation is much faster than classical technique. We have same patient results as with classical operation. 1234 Dr. Anton Titov, MD. Cardiac surgeons can read about this new mitral valve repair technique ("foldoplasty") in published articles? 1234 Dr. Lawrence H. Cohn, MD. Yes, this work was published.
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