Minimally Invasive Surgery for Cardiac Valve Disease
Only severe cardiac valve disease requires valve operation. If the only heart problem that your patient is experiencing is the valve (i.e. coronary artery bypass surgery is not also needed), then minimally invasive surgery is our first choice. There are several types of minimally invasive surgery for cardiac valve patients, such as:
Mini Thoracotomy - Mitral Valve
The images below depict what occurs during a mini thoracotomy operation.
The small incision can be seen in the next two images.
The patient is connected to the heart lung machine from a small incision in the groin.
The image illustrates how the heart valve is exposed through a tiny incision.
Minimal Sternotomy - Aortic Valve
The images below depict what occurs during a mini thoracotomy operation. The first image shows the tiny skin incision, which is represented by the red dots. The blue dashes in the image represent the underlying sternotomy.
The heart valve is exposed through the tiny incision in these next two images.