Mayo Clinic's approach

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A team of doctors discusses care for people who may have heart valve surgery.

Collaboration

Mayo Clinic cardiovascular surgeons work with cardiologists and other health care professionals to provide coordinated, comprehensive care for people with all types of heart valve disease.

Doctors collaborate to determine if heart valve surgery or another treatment is most appropriate for your condition.

Technology

Doctors sometimes perform robot-assisted heart surgery, a type of minimally invasive heart surgery. A surgeon sits at a remote console, viewing the heart in a magnified 3D view on a video monitor and using robotic arms to conduct the procedure. A second surgeon and a surgical team assist at the operating table.

A surgeon sits at a remote console and conducts robot-assisted heart surgery. Robot-assisted heart surgery at Mayo Clinic

A Mayo Clinic surgeon sits at a remote console and uses robotic arms to conduct robot-assisted heart surgery. A surgical team assists at the operating table.

A surgical team assists at the operating table during robot-assisted heart surgery. Robot-assisted heart surgery team at Mayo Clinic

A Mayo Clinic surgeon and surgical team assist with robot-assisted heart surgery while another surgeon sits at a remote console controlling the robotic arms.

Mayo doctors also conduct minimally invasive procedures using long, thin tubes (catheters) to repair or replace some heart valves. Doctors repair a valve using catheters and clips, plugs or other devices.

To replace a narrowed aortic valve, doctors may conduct a catheter procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). In TAVR, doctors insert a catheter in your leg or chest and guide it to your heart. A replacement valve is then inserted through the catheter and guided to your heart.

A balloon might be used to expand the valve, or some valves can self-expand. Once the valve is implanted, doctors remove the catheter from your blood vessel.

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Expertise and rankings

Mayo Clinic cardiac surgeons have extensive experience and expertise in performing heart valve surgery. Mayo surgeons perform a wide range of cardiac surgeries, and surgeons have experience performing complex heart valve surgeries. Mayo surgeons perform more than 2,000 heart valve surgeries each year.

Mayo Clinic cardiac surgeons perform many types of heart valve surgery, including aortic valve repair and replacement, mitral valve repair and replacement, tricuspid valve repair and replacement, and pulmonary valve repair and replacement.

Mayo Clinic offers advanced treatment options, including minimally invasive heart surgery, for people who are candidates. Minimally invasive heart surgery involves smaller incisions than open-heart surgery. As a result, you might have less pain and a shorter recovery period after minimally invasive heart surgery.

A doctor and surgeon in a discussion Collaboration

A Mayo Clinic cardiologist and cardiac surgeon collaborate and discuss heart valve surgery.

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

Valvular heart disease expertise

Mayo doctors in the Valvular Heart Disease Clinic have extensive experience and expertise evaluating and treating people with heart valve diseases. Cardiologists work with cardiac surgeons and other specialists to evaluate people with heart valve disease and determine whether heart valve repair, heart valve replacement or another treatment is most appropriate.

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.

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

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's cardiovascular 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.

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