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You are here: Contents > 2012 > Volume 21 Number 6 November 2012 > TRICUSPID VALVE DISEASE > Robot-Assisted Repair of Tricuspid Leaflet Prolapse Using Standard Valvuloplasty Techniques

Robot-Assisted Repair of Tricuspid Leaflet Prolapse Using Standard Valvuloplasty Techniques

Christopher W. Seder, Rakesh M. Suri, Kent Rehfeldt, Sorin Pislaru, Harold M. Burkhart
Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Anesthesiology, and Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

While minimally invasive approaches are used routinely to correct severe mitral regurgitation due to leaflet prolapse, isolated tricuspid valve prolapse is less frequent and usually addressed via sternotomy. A 34-year-old female presented with exertional dyspnea and severe tricuspid regurgitation due to an unsupported anterior leaflet causing prolapse, a tethered septal leaflet, and dilated annulus. Herein, the technique is described of a robot-assisted tricuspid valve repair using established open valvuloplasty principles.

The robotic repair was performed by the placement of Gore-Tex neochordae from the anterior papillary muscle to the anterior tricuspid leaflet, plication of the anteroseptal and anteroposterior commissures, closure of an anterior leaflet cleft, and the insertion of an annuloplasty band. The patient had an uncomplicated hospital course and was dismissed home on the third postoperative day.


The Journal of Heart Valve Disease 2012;21:749-752

Robot-Assisted Repair of Tricuspid Leaflet Prolapse Using Standard Valvuloplasty Techniques

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