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.
- 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
- A cardiac anesthesiologist safely sedates you while the clinical staff prepares for surgery.
- The surgeon makes a small incision, about the width of a dime, to create an opening to access the heart.
- 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.
- The surgeon finds the diseased valve, inspects it and reconstructs it using small, specialized instruments.
- You’re left with a valve that’s as close to its natural state as possible, and very little pain or scarring
- 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
- 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.