Tricuspid Valve Repair (Video)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tricuspid valve repair is done when a tricuspid valve leaflet is floppy and prolapses. The tricuspid valve repair procedure involves surgically separating, cutting out a section, or pleating a valve leaflet. When the tricuspid valve does not function properly, the tricuspid valve must be repaired or replaced. Annuloplasty is a surgical technique performed on the valve's annulus, which is the ring of tissue that supports the valve leaflets. An annuloplasty ring is used in tricuspid valve repair in order to downsize an abnormally enlarged tricuspid valve so that the leaflets can close properly. The tricuspid valve is one four valves of the heart, allowing the flow of blood from the right atrium to the right ventricle.

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