Mayo Clinic's approach

A team of doctors in a discussion. Mayo Clinic team discussion

A multidisciplinary team of care providers at Mayo Clinic discusses research and technology, such as 3D printing of models of the heart.

At Mayo Clinic, cardiovascular surgeons work together as a team with cardiologists and other health care providers to provide coordinated, comprehensive care for people who need mitral valve repair or mitral valve replacement.

Mayo doctors have been pioneers in cardiac surgery for many years. Mayo Clinic cardiologists evaluate more than 19,000 people with mitral valve disease each year.

Mayo doctors in the Valvular Heart Disease Clinic have extensive experience and expertise evaluating and treating people with mitral valve disease and other heart valve diseases.

  • Collaborative care. Health care providers at Mayo Clinic provide care for you as a whole person. They take the time to get to know you and work with you to provide exactly the care you need. If you have other heart conditions that require surgery, surgeons may often perform these procedures at the same time as mitral valve repair or mitral valve replacement.
  • Advanced technology and treatment. Cardiovascular surgeons at Mayo Clinic use the most advanced treatment options for mitral valve repair and mitral valve replacement. Sometimes minimally invasive heart surgery is done. This type of surgery involves smaller incisions and may allow a quicker recovery than open-heart surgery.

    Minimally invasive heart surgery includes surgery performed using instruments inserted through one or more small incisions in the chest (thoracoscopic surgery), surgery performed through a small incision in the chest, or surgery performed by a surgeon using robotic arms (robot-assisted heart surgery).

    Mayo Clinic interventional cardiologists use long, thin tubes (catheters) and clips or other devices to treat some types of mitral valve disease.

  • Innovative research. Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers develop and test advanced technology and techniques for mitral valve repair and mitral valve replacement. Research topics have included new minimally invasive catheter procedures to repair or replace a mitral valve.
Minimally invasive heart surgery at Mayo Clinic

A Mayo Clinic surgeon performs minimally invasive heart surgery using long instruments inserted through small incisions in the chest.

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

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

Expertise and rankings

A doctor and surgeon in a discussion Collaboration

A Mayo Clinic doctor and surgeon collaborate and discuss mitral valve repair and replacement.

Mayo Clinic cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota have extensive experience performing a wide range of cardiac surgeries, including mitral valve repair or mitral valve replacement. Mayo doctors perform more than 600 mitral valve repairs and mitral valve replacements each year.

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

Nationally recognized expertise

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

  • Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for heart and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Minnesota, and the five-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2023–2024 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.

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 cardiovascular medicine and cardiovascular surgery 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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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.

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Clinical trials

Explore Mayo Clinic studies of tests and procedures to help prevent, detect, treat or manage conditions.

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Mitral valve repair and mitral valve replacement