Minimally Invasive & Complex Heart Valve Surgery
During a minimally invasive heart valve procedure, your doctor creates small incisions in the ribs to gain access the heart valve. This approach results in less blood loss, reduced pain, smaller scars, and quicker recovery time than traditional open heart surgery, which requires dividing the breastbone.
Minimally invasive mitral valve repair, called annuloplasty, is performed by placing a synthetic band or ring around the mitral valve. This procedure aims to restore the valve to its natural shape to reduce and limit regurgitation, or the backward flow of blood through the valve. During minimally invasive aortic valve replacement, the aortic valve is replaced with a valve made from animal tissue or synthetic material.
Minimally invasive methods are often used for complex valve repairs. We often provide treatment for people who were told by other programs that they were not candidates for surgery. Your doctor may recommend minimally invasive valve surgery if you are in good overall health and under age 70, as the minimally invasive techniques we pioneered at NYU Langone have yielded long-lasting results. Your doctor may recommend this approach if you also need coronary artery bypass, as both procedures can be performed at the same time.