Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
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Frank Sellke, MD
Arun K. Singh, MD
Afshin Ehsan, MD
Neel R. Sodha, MD
Increasingly, more heart valve procedures are being performed using minimally invasive techniques-potentially reducing pain, scarring, and recovery time.
Valve replacement and repair surgeries have been performed safely and effectively for years. Recent advances in technologies and procedural techniques have given surgeons and patients new options beyond full, open-chest heart valve surgery. Increasingly, more cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, referring physicians and their patients are embracing minimally invasive techniques for heart valve surgery.
Minimally invasive heart valve replacement or repair surgery offers many potential benefits over traditional heart valve surgery. These may include:
Image and text courtesy of Medtronic, Inc.
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Minimally invasive heart valve surgery is most commonly distinguished by incision size and location. The image above illustrates two "mini" incisions and locations that are commonly used today in accessing the heart for valve surgery.
Our surgeons take into account each patient's specific disease, indication and condition, as well as required exposure, when considering incision size and location. They balance these factors to determine the most appropriate incision for each patient. Use of these techniques means that many of our patients leave the hospital within four days of their operation and return to work within two or three weeks.