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Heart Valve Replacement & Repair

Located at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center, our  interventional  cardiologists and surgeons at Atlantic Health System’s structural heart valve program treat more valve patients than any other hospital in New Jersey. Performing more than 900 valve operations each year and offering many catheter-based alternatives to surgery for some valve problems places our program in the top 3% of all cardiac structural heart and valve centers in the United States. 

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Award-Winning Heart Valve Treatment at Morristown Medical Center, NJ

We are one of a few select medical centers in the United States providing comprehensive heart valve treatment options. These  include the innovative procedures  to replace or repair the aortic valve, mitral valve and tricuspid valves through a small incision in the groin as opposed to the standard 15-inch surgical incision down the chest.

Our state-of-the-art facility features two specially-designed hybrid operating suites that can be used for both complex catheter procedures and conventional open-heart and vascular surgical procedures.

I never thought about going any place else for treatment. Everyone at Morristown Medical Center was friendly and they all were extremely knowledgeable. I felt comfortable and safe as soon as I was brought there.

Walter N., TAVR recipient
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Transcatheter Heart Valve Replacement and Repair

For patients with severe valvular disease who are not candidates for conventional valve repair surgery, we offer minimally invasive, catheter-based treatment options. Instead of removing the damaged valve, our heart specialists  will replace the valve through a small incision in the leg or chest.  Implantable devices such as the CoreValve or SAPIEN  are inserted via a catheter and implanted into the heart. Our expert specialists offer the following catheter-based procedures:

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) – for patients with severe aortic stenosis, we offer a minimally invasive option called TAVR. As one of the first hospitals to offer this procedure, our interventional cardiologists and surgeons have performed more than  2500 TAVR procedures.

Transcatheter Mitral Valve Replacement (TMVR) – we offer transcatheter mitral valve replacement for patients with mitral valve stenosis or regurgitation.

Transcatheter Tricuspid Valve Repair (TTVR) – we offer transcatheter tricuspid valve repair (TTVR) for patients with tricuspid valve regurgitation.

These non-surgical techniques can be life-saving for those considered low  to high-risk for surgical valve replacement. Minimally invasive procedures enable patients to undergo advanced cardiovascular repairs with much shorter recovery times.

Research in Valve Repair

As an industry leader in structural heart  research, we continue to advance the treatment of valvular heart  disease. Our interventional cardiologists and surgeons are frequently selected to participate in groundbreaking clinical trials which evaluate next generation devices and techniques for valve repair. Our expertise is widely sought, and we train interventional cardiology specialists across the United States and South America.

To learn about our research studies and clinical trials, visit Atlantic Center for Research >

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At the Forefront of Heart Care

Morristown Medical Center was the first hospital in New Jersey to offer the TAVR approach for aortic stenosis, which allows the aortic valve to be replaced without open-heart surgery. Our surgeons have performed more than 400 TAVR procedures.