Mitral Valve Repair (MVR) Surgery FAQs

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maltese and womanThe University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine is excited to offer state-of-the-art Mitral Valve Repair procedure. The decision to have your dog undergo this surgery should not be taken lightly. The diagnostic testing in place is to help ensure your dog is the best candidate for this procedure and pending results he/she may not be eligible. The end recommendation for this surgery may be both medical and non-medical (cost, ethics, emotions, logistics). Please give careful consideration prior to signing up for this surgery to ensure it is the best decision for you, your family, and your beloved pet.

We encourage you to review these frequently asked questions carefully with your veterinarian or veterinary cardiologist.

 

  • When do you anticipate scheduling MVR surgeries?

***UPDATE*** Our plan is to complete the first surgeries during 2020 with the team visiting every two months and performing up to six cases each time.  Dogs will be selected based on health status with close collaboration with the team from Japan.  Dogs with a history of heart failure (stage C) will be prioritized but dogs with enlarged hearts before heart failure will be considered (stage B2). To contact the Cardiology team about the program, please email:  OpenHeart@vetmed.ufl.edu

  • What is the approximate cost for this procedure?

The cost for mitral valve repair is estimated to be $45,000. This estimate includes surgery and post-operative care, barring complications.

  • Is there a wait for surgery?

Due to high demand, a waiting list has been established in order to better serve our patients. In order to be placed on the waiting list, your dog must have an established relationship with a veterinary cardiologist. If you and your dog are in the North Central Florida area, you may schedule an evaluation with the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital cardiology service.

  • What diagnostic tests are required to determine eligibility?

A veterinary cardiologist must perform a physical examination and an echocardiogram. Additional diagnostic testing such as chest radiographs, blood pressure, and an electrocardiogram will also be required.

Based on the results of the tests outlined above, additional diagnostic tests may be recommended, such as an abdominal ultrasound by an internist or radiologist; full blood work (CBC/Superchemistry/T4); urine testing (urinalysis); coagulation profiles; blood typing; and C-reactive protein screening (CRP).

  • What stages of degenerative mitral valve disease are eligible for surgery?

At this time, Stages B2 and C are candidates for surgery. Please note this surgery is only for the MITRAL VALVE.

  • Are vaccines required?

To protect your pet and other patients, an up-to-date vaccine record is required. Rabies and DA2PP vaccines must both be current.

  • Do I need to come to UF for a screening appointment?

No, your local cardiologist can carry out the necessary examinations and arrange required testing.  The UF cardiology team will assess your pet’s condition immediately prior to surgery.