Hi, I found out through a medical check-up April 2017 that I have mitral valve regurgitation, Barlow's Syndrome ("floppy valves") affecting both leaflets. I am 52, otherwise healthy and health-conscious. Since then my condition has progressed from moderate to moderate-severe at rest and severe after cardio. I have been told that I need repair surgery fairly soon and am now in the process of researching surgeons and hospitals in NYC. I live in Dubai, but will have my surgery in NY. I am trying to find out whether there is an alternative approach other than sternotomy for Barlow's Syndrome (like robotic valve repair or minimally invasive port surgery) and if so, whether its as effective and safe as the traditional.