Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Heart Surgery and Aortic Valve Surgery

The Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute offers two minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of valvular disorders.

Minimally invasive mitral valve repair and replacement, a cardiac surgery innovation used to treat a heart valve through tiny incisions in the chest, is available at CMHVI.

CMHVI also provides right anterior thoracotomy aortic valve repair and replacement surgery, a procedure for treating the thoracic aortic valve, located in the body's largest artery. This procedure is performed through a small opening the chest.

The primary benefit of these procedures compared to open-chest procedures is that they eliminate the need for a large incision through the breastbone. The surgeries are performed with high-tech thin instruments, miniature cameras, and hybrid techniques.

Minimally invasive valve surgeries for adults are performed in surgical suites featuring sophisticated diagnostics, leading-edge technologies, and state-of-the-art imaging capabilities. This environment combines the capabilities of an operating room and cardiac catheterization lab.

CMHVI offers conventional open chest surgery for patients requiring such procedures.