Minimally invasive heart valve surgery uses smaller incisions to repair or replace heart valves. This means there is less pain, a shorter stay in the hospital and a faster recovery.
Minimally invasive valve surgery can only be done in certain patients. This type of surgery cannot be done in patients who:
- Have severe valve damage
- Need more than one valve repaired or replaced
- Have clogged arteries (atherosclerosis)
- Are obese
- Have had previous heart surgeries