Skip to Content
Home > Patients & Visitors > Health Library > Mitral Valve Stenosis: Repair or Replacement?
If you have
mitral valve stenosis and you need
surgery to treat it, you have a choice of repairing the valve or replacing
it. Many things play a role in this decision. These things include whether you have symptoms or other health problems (or both), the
severity of your mitral valve stenosis, the shape of the mitral valve, and the risks of surgery.
When making this decision, you and your doctor need to consider:
Generally, mitral valve repair is preferred if:
The advantages of mitral valve repair are that it:
The disadvantages of mitral valve repair are that:
Valve replacement surgery might be done if the valve is damaged beyond repair. Replacement might also be considered if you are already going to have another type of heart surgery.
Other Works Consulted
Nishimura RA, et al. (2014). 2014 AHA/ACC guideline for the management of patients with valvular heart disease: A report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. Circulation, published online March 3, 2014. DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000031. Accessed May 1, 2014.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologyMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
Current as ofJanuary 27, 2016
Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Send Us Your Feedback
North Kansas City Hospital