Skip Navigation

Melody Valve


When a mitral valve doesn’t function properly, it can be life-threatening. Structural heart disease treatments to replace the diseased valve can restore good blood flow. However, children can outgrow their replacement valves. Repeat surgeries to adjust and replace valves can put strain on their developing bodies. Adults with leaky mitral valves may also need additional surgeries as well. The Melody® valve is the first FDA-approved valve of its kind, supporting a lifetime of mitral valve disease management with just one replacement procedure. 

  • The Melody® valve is a specially designed valve that can adjust to fit a variety of sizes: 
  • The full-size valve allows for treatment in adults. 
  • Children receive a cinched down version. Advanced technology allows us to adjust the valve as the child grows without needing to perform additional surgeries. 

Here’s how it works:

  • You receive medication to put you (or your child) to sleep and ease any discomfort. 
  • An interventional cardiologist makes an incision in your artery and inserts a thin, spaghetti-like tube (catheter) that has a balloon at the tip with the Melody® valve attached. 
  • The balloon is inflated to open up the Melody valve and place it into position. 
  • We deflate and remove the balloon and catheter. 
  • The Melody® valve immediately replaces your old heart valve 
  • We can adjust the valve using a catheter-based procedure. 

Quick Reference

Heart & Vascular Center
New Patients

Local 336-716-WAKE
Toll-free 888-716-WAKE

Returning Patients

Vascular 336-716-4151
Heart 336-716-6674

Find a Doctor Ways to Give
Last Updated: 11-17-2015
Wake Forest Baptist Ranked among Nation’s ‘Best Hospitals’  25 Years in a Row by U.S. News & World ReportComprehensive Cancer Centers National Designation is Renewed2017-2018 Best DoctorsNursing Magnet StatusJoint Commission Report

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.

© Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157. All Rights Reserved.