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Baptist Medical Center is First in Mississippi To Offer Robotic Mitral Valve Repair

Unlike traditional open-heart surgery requiring a 10 to 12 inch incision in the chest, robotic endoscopic mitral valve repair only requires five pencil size holes made between the ribs on the right side of the chest to provide access to the heart. Robotic tools allow a magnified, three-dimensional view of the mitral valve and other structures, while dramatically limiting the physical impact to the patient. This results in less pain, faster recovery and fewer post-operative complications for patients.

“The most important benefit offered using the robot is an enhanced ability to visualize the heart valves as well as greatly improved ‘dexterity’ facilitated by the ‘wrists’ of the robotic instruments which mimic (and are controlled by) my hand motions,” added Dr. Harris. “These factors help to contribute to not only the possibility for a more accurate repair of the heart valve but also may actually increase the number of valves that can be repaired rather than replaced. The medical literature has long recognized that patients who have a repaired mitral valve (rather than a replacement) have better long-term outcomes.”

Mitral valve repairs are the most common type of minimally invasive surgery on the heart. The mitral valve controls blood flow through the heart. With each heartbeat, it opens to allow blood to flow into the heart’s main pumping chamber—the left ventricle. When the left ventricle contracts to push blood through the body, the mitral valve then closes to prevent blood from flowing back into the heart toward the lungs. An abnormal or damaged mitral valve cannot completely seal the heart’s left ventricle resulting in poor blood flow. In some cases, a mitral valve can be repaired with surgery that rebuilds the tissue of the “leaky” valve with the help of an artificial band that provides stability.

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Baptist Medical Center continues to be on the cutting-edge of cardiovascular services. Baptist was the first to perform coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and the first private hospital in Mississippi to perform open heart surgery. In 2012, Baptist was the first and is still the only hospital in Jackson, Miss. to perform the transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) technology case for the treatment of aortic stenosis in selected patients.

The Valve Center at Baptist Heart in Jackson, Miss. brings together a team of experienced cardiovascular surgeons, cardiologists, a nurse practitioner and physicians’ assistant. They offer the most comprehensive care in Mississippi for valvular heart disease. The center is backed with the full resources of Baptist Health Systems, an integrated healthcare delivery system serving Mississippi with a full complement of tertiary services. From its beginnings in 1911, its foundation has been built on a Christian healing ministry. For more information call 601.969.0312 or visit

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