Benefits of Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery


Minimally invasive valve surgery techniques offer several advantages compared to open-chest procedures.

Benefits of minimally invasive valve surgery techniuqes include:

  • 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.

  • The open-chest approach to heart valve surgery requires a large incision through the breast bone (sternotomy). Recovery from this incision can take several weeks.

    Incision for Open Chest Surgery
    The open-chest incision has been used successfully in the surgical treatment of various heart-circulatory problems for decades. However, minimally invasive surgical treatment is now a preferable option for many patients.


    Open Chest Incision
    The open-chest incision has been used successfully in the surgical treatment of various heart-circulatory problems for decades. However, minimally invasive surgical treatment is now a preferable option for many patients.


  • Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery is done through four or five dime-size incisions, or with the addition of a two-inch incision on the side of the chest. Open-heart 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.


    Incisions for Aortic and Mitral Miniamally Invasive Surgery
    Incisions for minimally invasive surgical treatment of the mitral valve and aortic valve are quite smallĀ  and located on the upper right chest. Recovery from these incisions is much faster than recovery from open-chest surgery.



    Minimally Invasive Incisions
    Minimally invasive surgical treatment is accomplished through small incisions made in the right upper chest. This illustration shows the location of a minimally invasive mitral valve incision.


  • 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.