Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Heart Surgery and Aortic Valve Surgery

CMHVI 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 bodys 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.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery

Minimally invasive valve surgery techniques offer several advantages compared to open-chest procedures, including:

  • Faster recovery. Patients can usually return to work or other activities within two to three weeks.
  • Shorter hospital stay. Hospitalization time can be reduced by as much at 50 percent.
  • Because the breastbone (sternum) is not cut as part of the surgery, chances for post-surgical complications and infection are less.
  • procedures require a bigger incision through the center of the chest.
  • Minimally invasive aortic valve surgery is accomplished through an incision in the upper right chest. This approach also eliminates the need for an incision through the breastbone.
  • Less pain. Decreased trauma to tissue and muscle results in less pain than open-heart procedures.
  • Less need for transfusion because of less blood loss.
  • Less scarring. Only a few tiny scars and/or a two-inch scar remains.

Mitral valve surgery

Patients with mitral valve hardening (stenosis) or leakage (regurgitation) are candidates for minimally invasive surgical treatment.

The mitral valve is a valve in the heart located between the left atrium and the left ventricle. This valve allows blood to flow from the left atrium into the left ventricle, but not in the reverse direction. The mitral valve has two flaps (cusps). It is also known as the bicuspid valve.

Mitral valve surgery is approached from the side of the right upper chest though incisions between the fourth and fifth rib. Using specialized surgical equipment and cameras, the surgeon performs the surgery much as he or she would through a much larger incision through the breastbone (sternum).

Aortic valve surgery

Patients with aortic valve hardening (stenosis) or leakage (regurgitation) are candidates for minimally invasive surgical treatment.

The aortic valve is located at the left ventricle of the heart where the aorta begins. (The aorta is the largest of all arteries.) The aortic valve allows blood from the left ventricle to be pumped up into the aorta while preventing blood in the aorta from flowing back into to the heart.

Aortic valve surgery is approached from the right upper chest through an incision between the second and third rib near the breastbone (sternum). Using specialized surgical equipment and cameras, the surgeon performs the surgery much as he or she would through a much larger incision through the breastbone (sternum).

For more information about minimally invasive heart valvle surgery visit the CMHVI website.

Our Team

CMHVIs cardiac surgeons have extensive training and experience in performing valve repair and replacement surgery. They are certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. An experienced, dedicated technical-professional team supports them in their work.

CMMCs cardiac surgery program has been recognized by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons as one of the top cardiac programs in the United States.

Referral

For a referral to CMHVIs cardiac surgery program, including minimally invasive valve surgery, speak with your primary care provider.

CMHVIs cardiac surgeons can provide patients with an in-depth consultation about their cardiac issue.

For more information about CMHVI, call 1-800-760-6622.