When performed correctly, patients who have undergone mitral valve repair see significant improvement. It is the only heart operation in which your life expectancy afterward is identical to someone with no heart disease.

Receiving care at a top valve program with skilled and experienced physicians directly impacts your likelihood of keeping your own valve and achieving a successful outcome. At the University of Maryland’s Heart Valve Program, you can expect:

  • Proven Results: Our repair rates for degenerative mitral valve disease are in excess of 95 percent, while the national average is 60 percent to 70 percent. Learn more about valve regurgitation and valve stenosis.
  • Experience: Our lead mitral valve surgeon, James Gammie, MD, performs hundreds of repairs a year. Overall, our mitral valve team performs two and a half times as many repairs as any other program in Maryland. More experience means better outcomes for our patients.
  • Teamwork: Heart center specialists covering all aspects of mitral valve care meet weekly to discuss who may benefit from surgery and who will likely not. This helps us make the best recommendation. 
  • Treatment choices: We offer minimally-invasive surgical repair that leave behind smaller incisions. For patients who cannot undergo traditional surgery, we offer catheter-based repairs. (Learn more about transcatheter mitral valve repair.) When repairs are not possible, we can replace the valve with the latest artificial valve. 

Learn more about our services by downloading our Heart Valve Patient Guide.