Cardiac valve surgery requires ready access to the heart in order to repair or replace damaged or diseased valves. There are advantages to repairing over replacing that may affect overall recovery. These options should be discussed with your surgeon who will recommend the best option for you. Each patient and medical condition is unique, so the decision to perform minimally invasive or full open sternotomy will depend on each situation.
Benefits of minimally invasive valve surgery:
- Reduced risk of surgical complications
- Shorter hospital stay
All heart valves including aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair, and mitral valve replacement can be operated on in a minimally invasive manner. This approach is especially beneficial for high-risk patients and patients who have had previous sternotomies (open-heart surgeries.) Several other procedures can also be performed at the same time including ablations for atrial fibrillation, aortic aneurysm repair and coronary artery bypass grafting.