Mayo Clinic's approach

Your Mayo Clinic care team

At Mayo Clinic, cardiovascular surgeons work together as a team with cardiologists and other health care professionals 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 cardiac surgeons perform more than 4,500 cardiac surgeries 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. Doctors 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. Doctors at Mayo Clinic offer the most advanced treatment options for mitral valve repair and mitral valve replacement, including minimally invasive heart surgery, which involves smaller incisions and may allow a quicker recovery than open-heart surgery. Mayo doctors use long, thin tubes (catheters) and clips or other devices to perform mitral valve 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).

  • Innovative research. Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers develop and test advanced technology and techniques used to perform mitral valve repair and mitral valve replacement, such as minimally invasive heart surgery.

    Mayo Clinic doctors are studying and developing new minimally invasive catheter procedures to repair or replace a mitral valve.

Expertise and rankings

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., is 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 2021-2022 "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings.
  • Mayo Clinic in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Ariz., is ranked among the Best 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 very closely with colleagues at the other campuses and the Mayo Clinic Health System.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's cardiovascular surgery and cardiovascular medicine 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.