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Video Spotlight: Mitral Valve Replacement Video By Michael Petracek, MD

Posted by Adam Pick on November 16th, 2007

Alright everybody…

You know what time it is…

Yep. You guessed it. It’s time to update the “Heart Valve Surgery Video Of The Week”.

Dr. Michael Petracek

This week we’re going to do something completely different than all of the heart surgery videos that we featured in the past. Today, we are going to show an entire video that focuses on minimally invasive, heart valve replacement surgery. The video is about one hour long.

In this video, Dr. Michael R. Petracek of the Saint Thomas Heart Institute in Nashville, Tennesse is going to perform a minimally invasive mitral valve replacement under direct vision through a right thoracotomy.

It’s interesting to note that Dr. Michael Petracek’s procedure is done without a cross clamp under cold fibrilation through a 2-inch incision which is reported to minimize heart valve surgery complications.

To watch the video simply press the “Play” button in the mini-video screen in the right browser.

Keep on tickin!

Adam Pick
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Michael Littler says on November 19th, 2007 at 4:12 pm

Hi, I am aged 72 and following my arotic valve replacement with a titanium valve, made by Medtronic in 1999 I have enjoyed a much improved life style.
I have had two problems which I would like to share with you:
1] My warfarin dosage is 7.5 mg per day and originally I took a combination of 1, 3 & 5 mg tablets, the tablets are each coloured differently and as I am coloured blind [I understand 10% of men are] I mistook the correct dosage which resulted in me under dosing and having blood clots on my brain – fortunately no damage was done. tablets do not always have the dosage number imprinted, I would like to see this a mandatory with all warfarin tablets. I now only order 3mg tablets [3x2+1/2]
2] My natural INR range is 1.5 but I am asked to keep to 1.0 My range varies from 2.0 to 3.5 INR if it goes above 3.0 I am asked to reduced my warfarn dosage to 7 This I refuse to do, incase it results in a blood clot situation again. Why can’t the medical people understand that it would be better to go to 3.5 than 1.5?

Kind regards

Michael Littler


Adam Pick says on November 20th, 2007 at 9:49 pm


Thanks for writing.

You bring up some great points about aortic valve replacement, the Medtronic valve and warfarin. However, I know when to say when. The questions you ask are pretty technical. I’ll ask Dr. Robert Light, our website physician, to answer the question.

Dr. Light any ideas?




Dale McDonald says on March 12th, 2013 at 9:10 am

I recently had a mitral valve replaced using this technique by Dr. Petracek and could not be happier with the result. Very little post-op pain and was back on the golf course about 3 weeks later! I did have a tissue valve replacement which enabled me to go off the warfarin after about 6 weeks.


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