Aortic Valve Replacement
With isolated aortic valve disease where only aortic valve replacement is required, the operation may be performed without dividing the sternum, as is done in traditional valve replacement surgery. Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement involves making a 2″ incision between the right second and third rib, and a 1 1/2″ incision in the groin.
Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement surgery has many advantages including:
- Swifter recovery, allowing a return to normal activities within two weeks, instead of the two months common to traditional surgery
- Hospital stays of four days or less
- Less blood is lost, reducing the need for transfusions
- Smaller risk of infection
- Less cosmetic impact, smaller scars that are easier to conceal
If you believe you or a loved one may be a candidate for Aortic Valve Repair or Replacement, contact us.