Heart Valve Surgery
Heart valves that don’t close properly or that become too narrow put you at risk for problems such as arrhythmia, heart failure, and pulmonary hypertension. Experts at the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Cardiovascular Institute perform heart valve repair and replacement procedures to improve your heart’s pumping action.
Heart valve replacement and surgery at AHN
Our cardiovascular surgeons specialize in robotic-assisted and minimally invasive cardiac surgeries to treat heart valve disease. We offer:
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR): Your physician places an expandable replacement valve into the heart via a catheter (long, thin tube) inserted through the femoral artery. AHN is a national leader in TAVR procedures.
- MitraClip®: This innovative device stops valve regurgitation (backward flow of blood to the heart) by closing leaky valve leaflets. During minimally invasive heart surgery, your physician implants the device via a catheter inserted through the femoral artery in the groin.
- Robotic-assisted mitral valve repair: Your physician repairs a leaky mitral valve using a small camera and instruments inserted through small incisions between the ribs. Learn more about robotic heart surgery.
- Balloon valvuloplasty: During this minimally invasive procedure for valve stenosis (narrowed valves), your physician inserts a catheter tipped with a balloon through a blood vessel in the leg or arm. After inflating and deflating the balloon to stretch the valve opening, your physician removes the catheter and balloon.
AHN Heart Valve Clinic
We offer pre-procedural appointments and follow-up care at the AHN Heart Valve Clinic located within the AHN Cardiovascular Institute at Allegheny General Hospital.