Minimally Invasive Aortic Valve Repair

Most damaged aortic valves must be replaced, but in some cases, the valve can be repaired using minimally invasive techniques to correct stenosis or regurgitation (heart valve disease). Aortic valve repairs include separating fused valve flaps, repairing tears or holes in valve flaps and reshaping of the valve. During these procedures, small incisions are made between the ribs or through the upper sternum to allow for the insertion of specialized surgical instruments. Minimally invasive aortic valve surgery has a number of advantages over the traditional open-heart approach, including minimization of blood loss and trauma and significantly shorter recovery.