Non-Surgical Mitral Valve Care

Fixing your mitral valve without the need for open heart surgery.

Speak With a Mitral Valve Coordinator

Mitral Valve Repair

With only a small incision in the leg, Sutter Health network doctors are able to fix the heart’s mitral valve.

Mitral Valve Replacement

If a surgical mitral valve needs to be replaced, a thin tube is all that's needed to transport a new valve to the heart.

Find a Mitral Valve Treatment Center Near You

For help finding a location please call us at:

Bay Area

  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Oakland (ABSMC)
  • California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC)
  • Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, Burlingame (MPMC)
For Bay Area call (833) 421-9393

Are You a Doctor Referring a Patient to Sutter?

Contact one of our valve centers below to refer a patient.

Bay Area

Sutter EHR referral code: REF0516

  • Call: (833) 421-9393
  • Fax: (415) 600-5798
  • Email: bayareaheart@sutterhealth.org

Sacramento Valley

Sutter EHR referral code: SAMC CONGENITAL ADULT/TAVR

  • Call: (916) 887-4242, option 4
  • Fax: (916) 887-4232
  • Email: valveclinic@sutterhealth.org

NOTE: For help with out of network referrals, please contact Sutter Specialty Network, a referral service designed to provide support to doctors needing tertiary and quaternary referral assistance. For help with out of network referrals Call (888) 834-1788 for help referring your patient. Upon completion of mitral valve-related treatment, patients will be sent back to their referring doctor for all care beyond the procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Using a catheter that goes through a large vein in your leg, non-surgical mitral valve treatment options insert a collapsible replacement (Opens in new window/tab) valve or repair (Opens in new window/tab) device valve into your body's own mitral valve. Once the new mitral treatment device is properly placed, it immediately begins regulating blood flow. Your experience is similar to having a stent inserted. The non-surgical procedures can sometimes be done under light sedation, avoiding general anesthesia. Mitral valve treatment typically requires a very small incision in the upper thigh at most and leaves all chest bones in place. Standard valve replacement or repair requires open heart surgery, in which your chest bones are surgically separated.
These procedures may be a good choice if you have mitral regurgitation or have a failed bioprothetic mitral valve and are at moderate or high-risk of complications from open heart surgery. This includes people who are older, frail, and have a history of health problems such as stroke, heart attack, atrial fibrillation (Afib), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), peripheral artery disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

No procedure is without risks. The risks from these procedures include bleeding, stroke, irregular heart rhythm, need for a pacemaker and, in rare cases, death. However, most people who have these procedures enjoy greater quality of life and life expectancy.
The Sutter Health network’s doctors have been involved with non-surgical mitral valve repair and replacement with TMVR since the beginning. From the clinical trials to the moment the procedures were offered to the public, the Sutter Health network’s valve centers have been at the forefront of these incredible procedures. And to improve these technologies further, the Sutter Health network’s doctors and researchers are constantly conducting new trials to lead the way for the next generation of mitral valve repair and replacement devices