Minimally Invasive Surgery for repair and replacement of mitral and tricuspid valves
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Depending on certain conditions, it can be
possible to repair the mitral valve, tricuspid valve, and close an
atrial septal defect through a small incision in the chest, rather than
opening the full length of the breastbone.
Why is minimally invasive surgery different?
With the minimally invasive procedure, otherwise known as mini-mitral surgery, the surgeon uses a 5cm cut on the right side of the chest and gently opens the space up between the ribs in order to see the heart. A high-definition video camera is then used to guide the procedure inside the heart and the surgeon can then repair or replace the damaged mitral valve. Once inside the heart, the repair or replacement technique is carried out in exactly the same way as the sternotomy operation.
Benefits of the minimally invasive approach
• The recovery period is much quicker. Usually after about three weeks you will feel better and be able to undertake
most of your normal activities. This does depend on each
individual patient and their general health and may be longer if they have other underlying conditions.
• You will have less post-operative discomfort and pain, particularly with the use of catheters that numb the pain nerves where the incision is placed.
• You will have a shorter hospital stay, usually 4-5 days
• You have less risk of wound infection
• You can drive again after four weeks, if you feel well enough to do so
• The restrictions and limitations on lifting and pushing up from a bed/chair do not apply as with traditional heart surgery when patients have a sternotomy wound
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