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Benefits & Risks of Mitral Valve Surgery

Benefits & Risks

With any surgery, there are benefits and risks. The best option for most patients with mitral valve disease is surgery, as medications cannot repair the valve. Valve repair (if possible) is often better than replacement because it provides better heart function, a lower risk of complications, a longer lifespan, and doesn’t require the life-long use of blood thinners.  As a Tampa heart valve surgeon, Dr. Peter Mikhail discusses all benefits and risks of mitral valve surgery with his patients.

Risks of Mitral Valve Surgery

  • Blood clots and blood leakage around the valve
  • Inflammation of the heart lining (endocarditis)
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Breathing complications
  • Infections in heart valves, chest, bladder, kidneys, lungs or other areas of the body
  • Damage to other organs, nerves, or bones
  • Kidney failure
  • Wounds not healing properly
  • Death
Benefits of Mitral Valve Surgery
  • Quicker, more comfortable surgery compared to open-heart surgery
  • Tiny scar(s), which are usually hidden
  • Minimal pain post-op
  • Fewer wound infections, complications
  • Short hospital stay
  • Fast turnaround back to normal daily activities
  • Restored strength and energy
  • Longer life
  • Preservation of heart function
  • Longer durability on repairs over replacements
  • Lower risk of stroke and infection (endocarditis)
  • No need to use blood thinners
  • Lifestyle will improve due to a healthier heart


Mitral valve disease is when the mitral valve (the valve located between the left atrium and left ventricle heart chambers) no longer works properly.


Symptoms can vary depending on the severity and condition of the mitral valve disease. Fatigue, shortness of breath, and chest pain are common.


Minimally invasive heart surgery can treat mitral valve insufficiency, mitral stenosis, and mitral valve prolapse (MVP).


Minimally invasive heart mitral valve surgery avoids complete sternotomy (open-heart surgery).


Patients experience reduced trauma and pain in post-op. Symptoms will reduce and quality of life should improve.


At-home lifestyle changes, like eating a healthy diet and taking proper medications, can reduce symptoms and keep the heart healthy, but cannot fix the mitral valve.

Don’t put your life in just any surgeon’s hands. Trust in Dr. Mikhail and his proven success!

Dr. Peter Mikhail is a thoracic and cardiac surgeon in Tampa, Clearwater, and New Port Richey, Florida. Dr. Mikhail is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery, The American Board of Thoracic Surgery and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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