Dr. Thomas Molloy from Northwest Regional Heart and Vascular explains mitral insufficiency and minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery for patients.
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See how Dr. Molloy helped this patient with mitral insufficiency
One of the most common problems we treat is mitral insufficiency. As your heart contracts, the left ventricle pumps the blood out of the aorta.The mitral valve closes, directing the flow of blood out of the aorta. In patients who have mitral insufficiency, the blood goes back into the left atrium instead
Symptoms of mitral insufficiency include:
- Shortness of breath
- Lower tolerance for exercise
However, patients can have no symptoms. If left untreated, even asymptomatic mitral insufficiency could lead to worse symptoms and more severe complications.
Fortunately, even asymptomatic patients can benefit from surgery. Thanks to our robotic-assisted minimally invasive mitral valve surgery, our patients can get all the benefit with very little risk.
- A much smaller incision
- A much quicker recovery (see graph, below)
- Lower risk of infection