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Heart valve repair and replacement

At Yale New Haven Hospital our cardiac surgeons perform repair and replacement on all cardiac heart valves. A multidisciplinary valve team of cardiac surgeons and cardiologists collaborates to offer the best available options for valve disease treatment, whether open heart surgery or transcatheter procedures. Operations are performed through a small incision on the right side of the chest whenever possible, allowing our patients to recover faster.

Mitral valve repair and replacement

Our mitral valve disease program offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to manage complex mitral valve disease. Our hospital performs the highest volume of mitral valve operations in Connecticut and prides itself on a highly successful mitral valve repair program. The Heart and Vascular Center received the Mitral Valve Repair Reference Center Award for 2023 by the American Heart Association and the Mitral Foundation for demonstrated superior clinical outcomes resulting from evidence-based, guideline-directed degenerative mitral valve repair. YNHH offers advanced clinical trials of transcatheter mitral valve replacement

Aortic valve repair and replacement

Yale New Haven Hospital offers an aortic valve repair and replacement program aimed at treating aortic valve stenosis. We are the premier cardiac surgery facility in Connecticut to provide treatment to repair leaking aortic bicuspid and tricuspid aortic valves.

Aortic valve replacement can be done surgically or through transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Surgery may use a biological or mechanical valve or one created from the patient’s own tissue using the AVNeo™ system. Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement may also be a treatment option and would involve a single two- to three-inch long incision in the upper part of the chest.

Valve repair can also be performed in conjunction with surgery for aneurysm of the ascending aorta or aortic root.

Learn about aortic valve reconstructive surgery.

Valve replacement

Yale New Haven Hospital performs the highest volume of surgical valve replacement and transcatheter aortic valve replacement in Connecticut as part of our comprehensive cardiac surgical services. Our surgeons use newest generation of biological or mechanical valve. Yale New Haven is also one of only a few hospitals in the United States that offers the advanced AVNeo™ (Ozaki) procedure that uses a patient’s own tissue to create a new aortic valve.

Yale New Haven Hospital was the first hospital in Connecticut to receive Transcatheter Valve Center Certification through the American College of Cardiology. Certification recognizes the hospital’s expertise in transcatheter valve repair and replacement procedures.

AVNeo Procedure

The AVNeo Procedure

Yale New Haven Hospital is among the first in the United States to offer an advanced procedure called aortic valve neocuspidization (AVNeo, also known as Ozaki procedure). The diseased aortic valve is removed and replaced with a new valve made from the patient’s own pericardial tissue. 

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