What Is A Heart Valve Repair?
If it appears that a heart valve can be repaired with a good result, it is typically the preference of the physician to repair the valve rather than replace it. In many cases, however it is not possible for a heart valve to be repaired. The aortic valve typically requires full replacement. There are occasions, however where the mitral and tricuspid valves can be repaired rather than replaced.
Depending on the reason for the leakage, if the annulus is enlarged for example, all the physician may need to do is cinch up the annulus. Cinching up the annulus, can force the leaflets to close properly and reduce the leakage. In some situations the leaflets also require repair and physicians have certain techniques to address that as well.