Tricuspid valve disease care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

Mayo Clinic doctors trained in heart and blood vessel conditions (cardiologists) and heart and blood vessel surgery (cardiovascular surgeons) evaluate and treat people with tricuspid valve disease and other types of heart valve disease. Doctors trained in treating children with heart disease (pediatric cardiologists) treat children with tricuspid valve disease and other heart diseases at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota.

Mayo Clinic doctors with training in a wide array of specialties collaborate as a multidisciplinary team to provide coordinated, comprehensive care. This collaborative approach means doctors can often evaluate you and develop a treatment plan within two or three days.

Doctors at Mayo Clinic provide care for you as a whole person. Doctors take the time to get to know you and work with you to provide exactly the care you need.

Advanced treatment

At Mayo Clinic, cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and other specialists treat people with tricuspid valve disease. This team will work with you to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your condition.

Treatment depends on the severity and type of your condition. Your treatment may include careful monitoring, medications or surgery.

Your doctor may recommend that you have surgery to repair or replace your tricuspid valve. Mayo cardiac surgeons have extensive expertise in all types of heart valve surgery.

Mayo surgeons may perform minimally invasive heart surgery, including robot-assisted heart surgery, to treat certain forms of tricuspid valve disease. In minimally invasive heart surgery, surgeons access the heart through small incisions in your chest.

To treat tricuspid stenosis, doctors may sometimes perform a procedure called a balloon valvotomy. In this procedure, doctors insert a thin tube (catheter) with a balloon attached in an artery in your leg and guide it to your heart. Doctors insert the balloon in the narrowed valve and inflate it to widen the valve and improve blood flow. The balloon is then deflated and the catheter is removed.

In some cases, Mayo doctors may conduct a catheter procedure to replace a tricuspid valve that has previously been replaced and is no longer working. A catheter procedure is less invasive than open-heart surgery and doesn't require open-heart surgery.

Congenital heart disease treatment

If tricuspid valve disease is due to a congenital heart condition, you may need other treatments or surgeries, depending on your condition. Mayo Clinic surgeons have training and expertise performing surgical procedures to treat congenital heart diseases.

If your child has tricuspid atresia, several surgeries may be needed to treat the condition.

If you have Ebstein's anomaly, you may need surgery to repair or replace the tricuspid valve. Your doctor may also treat other heart defects or conditions that may be present.

Nationally recognized expertise

Mayo Clinic campuses are nationally recognized for expertise in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery:

  • Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minnesota, is ranked among the Best Children's Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, is ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
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