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Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Surgery

Minimally invasive heart valve surgery replaces or repairs heart valves using smaller incisions. This results in less pain for the patient, a shorter hospital stay and a faster recovery time. There is also less bleeding and potential for infection.

Heart valves and arteries: tricuspid valve, right coronary artery, aortic valve, mitral valve, coronary sinus, left coronary artery, pulmonary artery.

In some cases, a robot can be used to help the surgeon perform the procedure. More information on the USC Robotic Surgery Institute.

Placement of incisions during minimally invasive heart valve surgery

During heart valve surgery, one or more valves are repaired or replaced. Repair means that the valve is mended to help it work better. Replacement means the diseased valve is removed and a new valve is inserted in its place. Whether a valve will be repaired or replaced can only be decided once surgery has begun.

Featured video:
Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement
with a St. Jude Medical Biocor Stented Tissue Valve

 

Related Link: Heart Valve Surgery

 

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