Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair or Replacement

The minimally invasive approach to repair or replace a damaged mitral valve involves a significantly smaller and less traumatic incision. This three-inch incision on the right side of the chest allows access to the heart between the ribs, as opposed to the traditional median sternotomy, during which an incision is made along the full length of the sternum. Advantages of the minimally invasive approach include less blood loss, less trauma and a shorter recovery.