Surgical Repair of the Mitral Valve


Surgical repair of the mitral valve is the most definitive way to address advanced degenerative mitral valve disease. This procedure requires cardiopulmonary bypass and a highly skilled surgeon. The University of Florida Small Animal Hospital is in the process of developing an Open-Heart Surgery Program to provide this unique treatment option to affected dogs. We are excited to announce that Katsuhiro Matsuura, DVM, PhD, will be joining the University of Florida in July 2023 to start this flagship program! Dr. Matsuura has extensive experience in surgical repair of the mitral valve in dogs with high success rate.

The UF cardiology service is not yet taking referrals and ask that you check this website periodically for updates. We will provide instructions on this website for how dogs can be evaluated for surgical consideration in the near future. Thank you!

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