Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute surgeons have expertise in all types of heart valve surgeries, including minimally invasive 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).
Video of Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair
Minimally Invasive Incisions in Patients with Mitral Valve Repair
Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute patients show the incisions necessary for a minimally invasive mitral 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.