Mitral valve repair for mitral valve prolapse

 

Mitral valve prolapse and leaky mitral valves can have serious consquences for patients.The mitral valve (also called the bicuspid valve) separates the upper left heart chamber from the lower left heart chamber, and helps control blood flow through the heart.

Mitral valve prolapse is a disease which can lead to mitral regurgitation (leaky mitral valve).

The leaky valve can sometimes have serious consequences including an irregular heart beat (atrial fibrillation), shortness of breath, and heart failure.

In the past, surgeons used to treat a leaky mitral valve by replacing the whole valve with a prosthetic one. Nowadays, the mitral valve can usually be repaired to stop the leak. This approach requires expertise in the field.

Mitral valve team

In our heart surgery department we have a dedicated team with expertise in mitral valve disease and mitral valve repair surgery for mitral valve prolapse. 

The team consists of three mitral repair surgeons:

And four valve cardiologists:

The team ensures that patients with the condition are managed appropriately to achieve the best possible outcomes.

How to make a referral

If you are a cardiologist or GP, please send your referrals to the following address or email gst-tr.cardiacsurgery@nhs.net.

Mitral valve team
Cardiovascular directorate
Lower ground floor, South Wing
St Thomas’ Hospital
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH