Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Repair

If you have heart valve disease, you may not notice it in the early stages. These conditions worsen slowly, over decades, and can gradually affect your health.

When medications are not enough to manage your condition, turn to the experts at the Center for Structural Heart Disease at Henry Ford Hospital. We bring the latest, most advanced techniques, such as the MitraClip®, from the lab to your bedside to help you enjoy a better quality of life.

Specialized experience in minimally invasive heart valve repair

At Henry Ford, our heart specialists have a depth of expertise in treating people at all stages of heart valve disease. By participating in research and clinical trials, we are leading the field in advanced cardiac catheterization to treat heart valve disease.

For you, that translates to safe, effective procedures with fewer complications and faster recovery times. People come to Henry Ford from around the world for our:

  • Pioneering experts: Our structural heart team brings together specialists from several areas of heart medicine, including interventional cardiology, cardiac imaging, cardiac and vascular surgery, cardiac anesthesia and specialized nursing. Our experts are at the forefront of research, using the latest transcatheter techniques for minimally invasive heart valve repair.
  • Clinical trials for advanced treatment: Our heart experts participate in research and clinical trials to advance the standard of care for people with heart valve disease. That means we can offer our patients access to studies on the latest advancements in valve repair through cardiac catheterization. Learn more about our current clinical trials.
  • Excellence in personalized care: Our skilled specialists work together as a team to evaluate you and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Our experts are internationally known for their expertise in minimally invasive heart procedures to repair and replace heart valves in people who have no other treatment options.

Minimally invasive procedures to repair heart valves

If you have heart valve disease, we may be able to repair the faulty valve rather than replace it. We make a decision to repair or replace the valve based on the severity of your symptoms and how far the valve disease has progressed. If the valve disease is not causing severe symptoms and the valve has not greatly deteriorated, valve repair may be right for you.

Our structural heart team has years of experience in repairing and reshaping heart valves with minimally invasive procedures. In these cardiac catheterization procedures, we insert a catheter (thin, flexible tube) through a blood vessel in the leg.

Our catheter-based procedures for heart valve repair include:

  • MitraClip®: This device is a tiny clamp that clips together the 3 leaflets (flaps) of the mitral valve to help the valve close tightly. We implant one or more clips, as needed, to reduce mitral regurgitation. This condition involves a leaky mitral valve that allows blood to flow back into the left atrium (upper heart chamber).
  • Percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty: This procedure opens up heart valves that have become stenotic (narrowed) due to disease or aging. We position a catheter with a balloon at the tip through the narrowed mitral valve. When we inflate the balloon, it widens the opening of the mitral valve so that the valve can open more fully, allowing more blood to flow through.

We use the MitraClip® for mitral regurgitation. Balloon valvuloplasty treats any heart valve that has stenosis, especially aortic stenosis and mitral stenosis.

Henry Ford: Conditions we treat with heart valve repair

The heart conditions we treat with minimally invasive valve repair procedures include:

  • Valve stenosis: The valves become stiff and thick due to calcification (calcium buildup due to aging) on the valve’s leaflets (flaps). All 4 valves can become stenotic, but it is rare in the pulmonary and tricuspid valves.
  • Valve regurgitation: When a heart valve does not close properly, blood can leak back into the heart instead of forward to the body. Regurgitation can affect all 4 valves, but it is rare in the pulmonary valve.
  • Mitral prolapse: The leaflets of the mitral valve bulge back (prolapse) into the left atrium (upper heart chamber) and do not close properly. In most cases, mitral prolapse does not need to be repaired unless it begins to cause regurgitation.

Find out more about the heart valve diseases we treat at Henry Ford:

Minimally invasive heart procedures at Henry Ford: What to expect

Our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care with a view to the best possible outcomes for your health. Learn more about what to expect through every step of your care journey.

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