What is Involved in an Aortic Valve Replacement?
In patients with isolated aortic valve disease requiring only aortic valve replacement it is possible to do the operation without dividing the sternum. CTS has a unique method of performing a minimally invasive aortic valve replacement. This approach involves a two inch incision which is made between the right second and third rib along with a 1 1/2 inch incision in the groin.
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The valve replacement part of the operation is done exactly as it is done through a median sternotomy (opening of the breast bone) and all types of valves can be used.
Most minimally invasive valve operations offered at most institutions are done through a “mini sternotomy” where up to 80% of the sternum is divided. We offer a “thoracotomy” incision (between the ribs) which offers a number of advantages to a standard sternotomy or “mini sternotomy”
The advantages of minimally invasive aortic valve replacement surgery are the following:
- Faster recovery with return to normal activities in 2 weeks as opposed to 2 months with a sternotomy (opening of the breast bone).
- Hospital stays are frequently 4 days or less
- Less blood loss- which means fewer transfusions
- Lower risk of infection (wound)
- Improved cosmesis (no visible chest incision)- a woman can easily hide her small scar with her bikini or bra
The minimally invasive approach is favored when possible. Contact our office via email, or our toll free number (888) 832-1502 and we will be able to help you decide if you are a candidate for a minimally invasive aortic valve replacement.
See below to view postoperative wound photos of a Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Replacement.