Mitral Valve Repair Surgery (Commissurotomy) for Mitral Valve Stenosis
Commissurotomy is an open-heart surgery that repairs a mitral valve that is narrowed from Reference mitral valve stenosis Opens New Window. It is also called open commissurotomy.
During this surgery, a person is put on a heart-lung bypass machine. The surgeon removes calcium deposits and other scar tissue from the valve leaflets. The surgeon may cut parts of the valve structure. This surgery opens the valve.
It is used for people who have severe narrowing of the valve and aren't good candidates for balloon valvotomy.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: November 18, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Reference John A. McPherson, MD, FACC, FSCAI - Cardiology