Nationally recognized heart valve disease treatment
For patients who need heart valve replacement and leaky heart valve repair, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano offers a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to fixing heart valves, led by some of the most highly regarded cardiologists and valve surgeons in the country.
The Plano heart physicians on our medical staff are experienced in both catheter-based interventional procedures and open-heart surgery, and they work closely together for the best outcomes for our heart patients. Working together has enabled us to achieve the highest level of quality and patient outcomes that are above national standards.
We have performed the third-highest volume of heart valve procedures in the nation and have received national recognition by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons for aortic valve and mitral valve procedures. This recognition is received by less than 5% of hospitals nationwide.
Treating heart valve conditions with top-ranking expertise
Our Plano heart valve team uses extensive surgical expertise and advanced imaging to diagnose and create treatment plans for some of the most common or complex heart valve problems. We are known for our expertise in the following heart valve disease conditions:
- Mitral valve prolapse
- Mitral valve regurgitation
- Aortic stenosis
- Mitral stenosis
- Aortic insufficiency
- Tricuspid valve disease
- Aortic aneurysm
- Aortic dissection
Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano has been ranked as high-performing in aortic valve surgery, placing us amongst the top heart valve programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report. We are also ranked #1 in the state of Texas and #3 in the nation in Medical Excellence in Cardiac Surgery, according to CareChex.*
Minimally invasive heart valve surgery—maximum results
Although medications may be used to treat the symptoms of heart valve disease, like a leaky heart valve, they cannot cure it. The most effective heart valve treatments are the repair or replacement of malfunctioning heart valves.
Both minimally invasive valve surgery and open-heart surgery are used to repair or replace heart valves here in Plano. The majority of valve repairs, however, are performed as a minimally invasive procedure that can include those with minimal incisions and possible robotic assistance. Transcatheter (MitraClip®) procedures for mitral valve repair are also possible and have been effectively used with positive outcomes.
These types of interventional procedures for heart valves usually result in less scarring, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery for most cardiovascular patients.
Heart valve procedures performed
Our team of Plano heart valve experts specializes in performing the following heart valve procedures:
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Transcatheter mitral valve repair with MitraClip®
- Robotic-assisted surgery for mitral valve repair
- Ventricular septal defect (VSD) closure (post-surgical or post-infarction)
- Atrial septal defect (ASD) closure
- Patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure
- Valvuloplasty (aortic, mitral, pulmonic, and tricuspid)
- Paravalvular leak (PVL) closure
- Left ventricular pseudoaneurysm closure
- Valve-in-valve procedures for degenerated bioprosthetic valves in inoperable/high-risk surgical patients
- Transcatheter left atrial appendage exclusion
Specializing in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
Heart patients who need an aortic valve replacement but are considered high risk for open-heart surgery can now be treated with a minimally invasive procedure known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement, also called TAVR. Having participated in the early clinical trials of the TAVR procedure, the Plano heart experts here helped improve the technology now used around the country.
TAVR is less invasive than open-heart surgery and involves making a small incision in the upper leg through the femoral artery where heart surgeons use advanced imaging technology to guide thin tubes (catheters) up toward the aortic valve and replace it with a new one.
Our team of Plano heart surgeons on the medical staff who specialize in TAVR, including interventional cardiologists and imaging specialists, heart surgeons and cardiac anesthesiologists, work together as a team to replace your diseased valve and restore your heart’s ability to more efficiently control the flow of blood.