Minimally Invasive Valve Surgery
The surgeon performs heart surgery through a 3-4 inch incision on the right side of the sternum between the ribs avoiding disruption of the breastbone. Like traditional open heart surgery the patient is placed on cardiopulmonary bypass while the heart is stopped temporarily.
Minimally invasive heart surgery has some advantages over the traditional surgery in that it typically results in less pain and a quicker recovery for most people. This approach also allows for faster return to regular activities of daily living such as the ability to drive and return to work.