Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute surgeons have expertise in all types of heart valve surgeries, including minimally invasive 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).
Video of Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Repair
Minimally Invasive Incisions in a Patient with Aortic Valve Repair
A Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute patient shows the incisions necessary for a minimally invasive aortic valve procedure. Recovery from minimally invasive valve surgery is usually much faster and more trouble-free than open-chest surgery.
Arun Thukkani, M.D. joins Central Maine Heart Associates.