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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.

Mini thoracotomy incision.

Patient connected to heart lung machine.

The patient is connected to the heart lung machine from a small incision in the groin.

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.

The heart valve is exposed through a tiny incision during a mini thoracotomy.

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 red dots in this image represent the tiny incision in a minimal sternotomy operation.

The heart valve is exposed through the tiny incision in these next two images.

The heart valve is exposed through a tiny incision during a minimal sternotomy.

This image also shows the heart valve exposed during a minimal sternotomy.

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