Heart valve treatment

Heart valve treatment involves both catheter-based and open surgery procedures, where both types of surgery are aimed at re-establishing normal heart valve function. There are a number of different procedures available, and their selection has to be guided by the requirements of the individual patient.

Catheter-based procedures

Some types of heart valve disease can be treated using modern catheter-based techniques. Offering a gentler alternative that does not cause as much trauma to the patient, these procedures can sometimes eliminate the need for open surgery altogether. Nowadays, catheter-based procedures are used particularly frequently in patients with valve disease affecting the left side of the heart (aortic and mitral valves). The procedure is similar to that of other catheter-based procedures, in that a catheter made of synthetic material is inserted via a blood vessel in the groin and advanced to the heart. Older patients in particular can benefit from this type of procedure, as it causes significantly less trauma to the patient. More


TAVI stands for transcatheter aortic valve implantation, a minimally-invasive catheter-based procedure that is used to replace a diseased aortic valve with a bioprosthetic (tissue) valve. More


Open surgery procedures for heart valve disease

Once the heart valves have been damaged, they often need to be repaired or replaced in order to preserve the patient's quality of life and prevent heart failure. Nowadays, heart valve surgery can be performed using a number of different surgical options, including both conventional and minimally-invasive procedures. If a defective heart valve has to be replaced with a prosthetic heart valve, this can be done using either mechanical or tissue valves. Today, the repair or replacement of a defective heart valve can be performed using catheter-based procedures .More

Mitral valve reconstruction

The term mitral valve reconstruction refers to surgical repair that preserves the patient's native valve, as well as restoring its function. A number of different techniques are available for this particular procedure. More


Minimally-invasive aortic valve replacement surgery

Minimally-invasive aortic valve replacement is performed using keyhole surgery. The prosthetic valve is implanted using either a catheter-based procedure, with access via the femoral artery, or via a direct access route through the tip of the heart. More

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  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. med.
    Johannes Albes
    Head of Department of Cardiac Surgery at Brandenburg Heart Center

    PA to the Head of Department Gudrun Gaal
    Immanuel Hospital Bernau Brandenburg Heart Center
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  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. med.
    Christian Butter
    Head of the Department of Cardiology, Immanuel Hospital Bernau Brandenburg Heart Center

    PA to Head of Department Christine Meinecke
    Immanuel Hospital Bernau Brandenburg Heart Center
    Ladeburger Str. 17
    16321 Bernau bei Berlin
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