Transcatheter valve implantation into failing surgical mitral bioprosthetic valves have been reported. This strategy avoids performing high-risk repeat cardiac surgery in elderly patients with multiple comorbidities. All these patients have been treated by a transapical approach. We report a case of failing bioprosthetic mitral valve in an 82-year-old woman successfully treated with a 29-mm Edwards SAPIEN balloon expandable bioprosthesis (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA) with direct left atrial approach through a right anterior thoracotomy. Our experience demonstrates the technical feasibility and safety of this approach. Therefore, mitral valve-in-surgical valve implantation may be a viable treatment alternative in carefully selected patients.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine