Aortic Valve Reconstruction

If you have an aortic valve defect which requires or can be alleviated by surgery, minimally invasive aortic valve reconstruction may be an option for you.

Benefits vs. Traditional Sternotomy Surgery
  • Smaller incisions (2 inches vs.. 6 – 12 inches)
  • Less bone spreading (size of a dime vs. size of an orange)
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Less pain and scarring
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
Step-by-Step Surgery
  1. A cardiac anesthesiologist safely sedates you while the clinical staff prepares for surgery.
  2. The surgeon makes a small incision, about the width of a dime, to create an opening to access the heart.
  3. A machine takes control of your heartbeat and breathing while a video scope is inserted through another small incision, which allows the surgeon to see your heart on a video monitor.
  4. The surgeon finds the diseased valve, inspects it and reconstructs it using small, specialized instruments.
  5. You’re left with a valve that’s as close to its natural state as possible, and very little pain or scarring

Available Procedures:

Aortic Valve Reconstruction
  • Port Access
  • Right Anterior Thoracotomy

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Mitral Valve Reconstruction
  • Port Access
  • Right Thoracotomy

Not all patients in need of mitral or aortic valve repair are candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including patients who suffer from:

  • Severe valve damage
  • Multiple damaged valves
  • Severe clogged arteries
  • Obesity
  • Previous heart surgeries

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Call the Heart & Vascular Services department at 770-219-5416 or send us a contact form for more information.

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