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Center for Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery

Our Center for Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery routinely performs valve procedures using less invasive, more patient-friendly techniques.

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. Benefits include less pain, faster healing, and speedier return to normal function. In expert hands like ours, most mitral valve and aortic valve procedures can be performed using minimally invasive surgery.

For some 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 U.S. are still performed with traditional surgery. Minimally invasive valve surgery is technically demanding and requires significant investment in time and training. Our surgeons are highly experienced and have played key roles in developing and refining minimally invasive valve surgery.

We use minimally invasive cardiac techniques for an expanding range of needs, 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 aneurysm stents