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Our Unique Approach

Our Center for Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery "rare among cardiothoracic centers" routinely performs valve procedures using less invasive, more patient-friendly techniques. Many of these techniques were developed or refined by our surgeons, Dr. Ribakove and his colleague Dr. Gregory Crooke.

Dr. Ribakove conducting Surgery.Minimally invasive valve surgery provides outcomes that are equal or superior to conventional open-heart surgery, with the additional benefits of fewer complications, smaller incisions, reduced risk of bleeding, fewer transfusions, and shortened recovery time. Significant benefits for patients include less pain, faster healing, and speedier return to normal function. In expert hands, most mitral valve and aortic valve procedures can be performed using minimally invasive surgery.

For selected patients,conventional surgery may still be the better option. Every patient requiring valve surgery should receive a thorough assessment of the full range of treatment options available to them.

Despite strong patient preference to avoid sternotomy, nearly 90% of mitral valve repair procedures in the United States are still performed with traditional surgery. Minimally invasive valve surgery, although patient friendly, is technically demanding and requires significant investment in time and training. Surgeons at Maimonides are not only highly experienced, but have also played key roles in the development and refinement of minimally invasive valve surgery.

Surgeons at Maimonides utilize minimally invasive cardiac techniques for
an expanding range of applications, including:

  • Mitral valve repair
  • Mitral valve replacement
  • Aortic valve replacement
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Coronary artery bypass
  • Repair of atrial septal and ventricular septal defect
  • Removal of benign cardiac tumors
  • Thoracic aneurysms stents