Also known as valvuloplasty, this nonsurgical procedure “reshapes” the mitral valves. Valvuloplasty treats mitral stenosis, a narrowing of the mitral valve that can block the flow of blood to the main pumping chamber of your heart. This form of structural heart disease is relatively rare and requires expert treatment.
Mitral valvular plasty is a minimally invasive heart surgery to open up stiff or scarred heart valves. Here’s how it works:
We give you medication to help you relax and ease any discomfort.
An interventional cardiologist makes an incision in your artery and inserts a thin, spaghetti-like tube (catheter) with a balloon attached.
Your doctor advances the catheter through your blood vessels to the damaged valve.
Using advanced imaging technology, real-time pictures of your heart and blood vessels display on a monitor to help our team pinpoint the areas that need structural heart disease treatment.
We inject a special dye through the catheter to show your valve’s movement in greater detail.
You may feel some effects from the dye, such as a flushing sensation or a metallic taste in your mouth, but these effects usually last only a few moments.
Doctors guide a balloon catheter to the site of the diseased valve.
We repeatedly inflate and deflate the balloon, pushing the diseased tissue out of the way so that blood can flow normally.
Once the valve is open, we remove the catheter and the procedure is complete.
You may need to stay overnight in the hospital so we can monitor your recovery.