Mayo Clinic's approach

Collaboration

At Mayo Clinic, cardiac surgeons work together as a team with cardiologists and other health care professionals to provide coordinated, comprehensive care for people undergoing aortic valve repair or aortic valve replacement.

Doctors collaborate to treat you as a whole person. If you have other health concerns in addition to aortic valve disease, doctors can often evaluate and treat other conditions during your visit.

Technology

People who come to Mayo Clinic for aortic valve disease treatment have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities.

Mayo Clinic doctors offer the latest aortic valve disease treatment options, including several minimally invasive options that involve smaller incisions and possibly, a quicker recovery. These options include:

Research and innovation

Mayo Clinic's doctors and researchers are established pioneers in the field of heart surgery and are involved in numerous international and national studies to improve the technology and techniques used in aortic valve repair and aortic valve replacement.

Researchers study many areas related to heart valve diseases, including research in new blood-thinning medications for people with a mechanical valve replacement and genetics research in people with aortic valve disease.

As a patient at Mayo Clinic, you may have access to more than 100 heart-related clinical trials as a part of your treatment.

Expertise and rankings

Treatment expertise

Mayo Clinic cardiologists and cardiac surgeons have extensive experience in aortic valve repair and aortic valve replacement.

Mayo Clinic surgeons perform nearly 700 aortic valve repairs and aortic valve replacements, and our doctors evaluate more than 16,000 people with aortic valve disease each year.

Mayo doctors in the Valvular Heart Disease Clinic specialize in diagnosing and treating people with aortic valve disease and other heart valve diseases. Cardiologists evaluate people with aortic valve disease and determine whether aortic valve repair, aortic valve replacement or another treatment option is most appropriate.

Pediatric cardiologists and pediatric cardiac surgeons at Mayo Clinic's campus in Minnesota have experience treating children with aortic valve disease and other heart conditions.

Cardiovascular surgery experience

Mayo Clinic is an established pioneer in the field of cardiac surgery, and our cardiac surgeons perform more than 4,500 cardiac surgeries each year.

Mayo Clinic cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota use the most advanced techniques, including minimally invasive heart surgery and robot-assisted heart surgery. Our skilled surgeons can perform complex, specialized procedures unavailable elsewhere.

Nationally recognized expertise

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

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked as high performing for aortic valve replacement and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures by U.S. News & World Report. "High performing" is a designation given to the top 16 percent of TAVR programs across the nation (600+ programs). U.S News & World Report ranked hospitals for this procedure for the first time in 2020-2021.

The Adult Congenital Heart Disease Association (ACHA) has designated the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Clinic at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, as an ACHA ACHD Accredited Comprehensive Care Center.

With Mayo Clinic's emphasis on collaborative care, specialists at each of the campuses — Minnesota, Arizona and Florida — interact very closely with colleagues at the other campuses and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's cardiac surgery and cardiovascular diseases departments' expertise and rankings.

Locations, travel and lodging

Mayo Clinic has major campuses in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona; Jacksonville, Florida; and Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Clinic Health System has dozens of locations in several states.

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Costs and insurance

Mayo Clinic works with hundreds of insurance companies and is an in-network provider for millions of people.

In most cases, Mayo Clinic doesn't require a physician referral. Some insurers require referrals, or may have additional requirements for certain medical care. All appointments are prioritized on the basis of medical need.

Learn more about appointments at Mayo Clinic.

Please contact your insurance company to verify medical coverage and to obtain any needed authorization prior to your visit. Often, your insurer's customer service number is printed on the back of your insurance card.