Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery

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For patients with some types of heart valve disease, Northeast Georgia Medical Center now offers advanced minimally-invasive mitral and aortic valve reconstruction, as well as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and the MitraClip procedure.  These procedures require smaller incisions and offer other benefits. Contact us today to learn more.


  • 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

AVR - Small

Mitral Valve Reconstruction

Port Access

Right Thoracotomy

MVR - Small

MitraClip Procedure

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

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


Call 770-219-7099 or send us a contact form for more information.

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